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Door County 2011 – Part 1

July 26, 2011

Plein Air July 21 #1, Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Plein Air July 21 #2, Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Plein Air July 21 #3, Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

My wife has spent the past 2-1/2 years completing graduate courses. Classes are finally over. It was time to rest and relax. We left our sons in charge of the house and headed up to Door County for a few days. Conveniently for me, the trip coincided with The Door County Plein Air Festival.

We entered DC Wednesday afternoon. After a stop at The Artists Guild (an art supply store) and Woodwalk Gallery, we checked into our hotel. After dinner up in Gills Rock, we made our way to Waterfront Park in Sister Bay to witness the Sunset Paint Out. Forty artists spread throughout the park, painting designs inspired by the sunset over the bay. Got the opportunity to visit with a few of the artists.

Following breakfast Thursday, we made our way down to Clark Park in Fish Creek. It was a day of relaxation. I painted, Helen caught a few rays and read a book. I completed two small paintings in the morning. After lunch, I completed one more painting while Helen visited with a couple onlookers and later, took a short nap.

By mid-afternoon, I put the gear away. We made our way to the main drag, visited a few shops and then dinner. We then traveled down to Egg Harbor. Artists were painting sunset scenes at Woodwalk Gallery, Plum Creek Pottery and the marina. We visited all three locations.

One long day. For resting and relaxing, we were pretty tired.

Working on painting #2 - Malibu Moo's

Working on painting #2 - Malibu Moo's. From Clark Park, Fish Creek, Wisconsin

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