Posts Tagged ‘Door County Plein Air Festival’


Sunlit in Sister Bay

September 4, 2015


Sunlit in Sister Bay; Oil on Canvas Panel 9" x 12"

Sunlit in Sister Bay; Oil on Canvas Panel 9″ x 12″

Traveled to Door County for a vacation and some paint time. Decided to get up there a day early to participate in a Quick Paint competition. As usual. I saw too many fine opportunities. Decided to stick with a strength and paint this flower box display. Although the sunlight did not fall across the flowers as I had anticipated, I was happy with the my choice.


Pink Improv

September 27, 2014
Pink Improv; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 9" x 12"

Pink Improv; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 9″ x 12″

My wife and I planned our annual summer retreat to Door County Wisconsin. Our main purpose was to utilize the week to paint. All other “touristy” activities would take a back seat to our art. A couple weeks before vacation, Helen realized that if we traveled up to Door County a couple days earlier than planned, I could participate in the Door County Plein Air Dockside Quick Paint.

The Quick Paint event is the culmination of DC’s annual Plein Air Festival. In short, on Saturday morning, we have the opportunity to paint in and near Clark Park in Fish Creek. Although artists such as me have to pay an entrance fee to participate, we get to join with the festivals 40 artists in attempting to capture scenes in this park area. While the paintings of the festivals artists are auctioned immediately following the Quick Paint, our paintings will be on display during the evenings public reception at The Peninsula School of Art.

We arrived in Door County late Friday evening. The Quick Paint begins at 9:00am. After breakfast, we took a brief walk to determine a suitable subject/design for my painting. Settled on a workable subject and set up my easel and equipment. Realized soon into the painting that I should have set up a little closer to my subject. Throughout the painting, I had to deal with gawkers standing in between me and these flowers, while they were watching other artists at work. I kept my cool and just dealt with it. Not much else that I could do. About thirty minutes into my work I realized that my design was a bit off. I knew the changes that could be made to improve the work. Unfortunately, changes were not an option at this point. Just deal with it. I did decide to make one important alteration. Both flowers were in red clay pots. That just was not going to work. I looked to the other side of the porch and found my inspiration. While I did not move the flowers around, I did utilize the design of the green pot and used that instead of the pot that was on the subject plant. Artists prerogative.

That evening at the reception, I was gratified to see that my painting was one of several which were sold. I was able to meet the patron that purchased this work and quickly realized that this patron had visited  while I was creating this work.

A good painting and a sale, nice way to start a painting vacation.


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