Sunday, October 4, 2009

Saturday Paint Out

Good Weather, Good Location, Good Painters!

"Along the Banks of the Zanja" the third annual open air art for open spaces co-sponsored by Redlands Art Association and the Redlands Conservancy. The historic Zanja water way remains in relatively pristine condition. Preservation is the goal. Show dates November 22-28th Redland Art Association Gallery.

The first of eight painting locations, Walnut Street. A back road in Redlands amidst a large orange grove the Zanja stream runs through. Driving on a spotted paved road through an orange grove I felt like a kid again; raised in Fullerton, my backyard a large orange grove. Nearing the roads end, driving slow over a narrow bridge acrossing the Zanja, I spotted a lone easel standing at Zanja's bank. This is the right place!

Soon other cars one by one drove in and parked. Plein Air Artists were scurrying everywhere talking, laughing, and setting up their painting gear. Watercolors, Pastels, Oils, Acrylics, all were represented. The paintings they produced were colorful and exciting. I introduced myself and asked who are you wonderful painters? They laughed and said the Plein Air Artists of Riverside. Pat talked about being in Woman Artists of the West. My spirit soared, I am an associate member of Women Artists of the West. Pat hugged me and said she just received Signature Membership. "We are kindred spirits".

The wind came up about noon the paintings were done and it was time to leave. Pat asked me to join the PAAR, Plein Air Artists of Riverside. I can do that!!!

I left with good memories, a good painting, and new on location painting friends.

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