Usually, I am the one in control of a paintings progress, but at last Saturday's paint out in Washington Square I got a taste of what it is like to be on the other side of the easel watching someone else develop the subject. I have to admit I was feeling very frustrated by having to leave before I could see the artwork through to completion.
I was delighted to learn that the fine artists of Plein Air Painters of the South East were planning on painting painting together again at Shem Creek.
My friend Annette Goings and I left very early so we could insure getting to the Shem Creek Shrimp Docks while the light was ideal and the artists were still in the early stages of the composition . Even so, there were still several early birds who had nearly finished one painting before we arrived , and were about to begin another.
Frank May and Diane Cruickshanks May were bundled up against the cold
on an exposed boardwalk
on an exposed boardwalk
|Diane Cruickshanks May|
painting the "Sea Horse" upstream from where they were set up.
"His and Hers" and the "Capt. Tang"
This is how the shrimp boats " looked from their field of vision. They had nearly finished their paintings and were about to begin another when I arrived
|His and Hers and Capt Tang|
Jim and Lori and had nearly finished their paintings,
|Frank May and Diane Cruickshanks May( Foreground)|
when Frank May and Diane Cruickshanks May showed up to begin working on their second paintings of the morning .
|Mrs Judy Too and Winds of Fortune|
Within a half hour of our arrival, a dozen or more painters had arrived and set up along the boardwalk.
|Dee Beard Dean and Annette Goings|
Dee Beard Dean was one of the first to arrive.
Hodges Soileau set up next to her
|Sea Horse from Hodges and Dee's viewpoint|
Both artists had a similar line of sight of the "Sea Horse", but each painting was unique
|Sea Horse from Shannon's vantage|
Shannon Smith had slightly different angle of view
And an entirely different approach to the subject
One thing all of the painters had in common was that they each elected to paint the shrimp boats as opposed to the marsh. I am not sure if that is beacause it was a unique opportunity to do so for the many landlocked artists in the group, or if it is just because they felt that boats well better. But it was interesting to not that almost everyone painted a shrimp boat as opposed to a marsh scene.
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