One of my fondest memories of high school is of painting outside. When it was very early and the light was just right, my art teacher would load us students in the back of his pickup truck, giggling and talking and shuffling for a spot to sit. We’d drive to an old barn or a stretch of meadow and we’d all pile out of the truck. We’d set up under the pines or by a rock and let Ma Nature inspire us. It was fun, it seemed like an outrageous adventure, and it was unforgettably, unbelievably glorious.
Which is maybe part of the reason why Florida's Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational, America's Great Paint-Out, sounds so wonderful to me. More than 20 nationally acclaimed artists will gather on Florida's Forgotten Coast May 3-13, 2012 to capture its wild beauty on canvas. Painters will set up their easels and pull out their brushes to document the landscape and culture of this last vestige of authentic "Old Florida" – the coastal stretch of scenic North Florida between Mexico Beach and Alligator Point.
Of course you’re invited to stop and watch the painters throughout the week – and to join them, if you’d like. Official participation in the event is by invitation (determined by a blind panel of artists who make recommendations to the board), but if you’re not selected, you can still take part in the Quickdraw – or just set up an easel and have at it!
The event includes:
- Five exhibits across the coast
- Daily artist demonstrations
- Two workshops
- Art sales
- A series of public receptions
I wonder if any of my paints are still good…