|Charles Williams and Annette Goings|
Sometimes finding inspiration is more about taking advantage of the opportunities that arise along the journey than getting to the planned destination. I had blocked off Saturday to be spent meeting and greeting visitors at at the Charleston Artists Gallery, but my friend Annette Gongs reminded me that artists from the CFADA would be sponsoring and plein air paint out with signature artists of the Plein Air Painters of the South East. Gotta go with the flow.
|Larry Moore painting Broad Street Architecture|
Some of you may remember, that I had attended this event in xxxx shortly after I first arrived in the South east, and was disappointed in what I saw. But I figure everything deserves a second chance, so I revised my schedule to spend the first part of the morning in Washington Square Park meeting and greeting other
plein air painters.
|Broad Street from Larry Moore's vantage point|
I certainly wasn't disappointed this time. To be sure, there were a couple of painters painting from photographs, but their work was so superior, and they were supporting such a good cause, I could no find issue with their painting with plein air artists.
|Simon Kenevan painting a seascape.|
Right from the moment I got near Washington Square , I could see that the members of PAP SE had turned out in force.
They spilled out onto the sidewalk s surrounding Washington Square
|Mary Erickson painted|
|a Charleston Courtyard Garden|
and many others painted inside the Washington Square Park
Figurative artists, Rhett Thurman painted her niece en plein air
Craig Nelson focused upon one of the massive heritage oaks in the park
As did Francis Sills
Wes Frasier painted one of the park's statues
This was one of the more inspiring moments of the week, Definitely worth the detour. I only wish I had had more time to see the paintings through completion.
In conjunction with watching the Painting in the Park, visitors could also meet the city’s next generation of artists and view a select group of paintings, created by some of the city’s most talented students Paintings completed during the paint Washington Square out paint out will be auctioned off in participating Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association galleries to raise money for local student art programs and supporting art education in Charleston.