Friday, February 24, 2017

The plein air artists

I attended a liberal arts college from 1960-63, majoring in Fine Art.
Then I raised a family and went back to art school in 1981.  So I sure have taken part in many a painting class, but only a few in "plein air," as the one featured on Sepia Saturday this week, see below.

Here my friend Helen watches Ann Vasilik painting at the White's home in Black Mountain a couple of years ago.


Since I'm living in a beautiful town in North Carolina, and volunteering for an annual event which features touring people's personal gardens, I've seen several artists who paint in the gardens, and they are known as "Plein Air" artists.  Their works are then on display at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts following the garden tours.

I'm sharing several of these artists at work today.
Ann Vasilik is one of my favorite artists.

Ann holds up her finished work.

The framed painting was then on display at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts along with other artist's works.


Another garden, another artist!

And I couldn't resist this license plate of another artist.


And another artist hard at work capturing a garden view!

Painting class, 1945, Sarasota, FL



And to honor a woman who stood and persisted in a time when her race had few opportunities, for Black History Month in the US, and because it's a Sepia photo as well...


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Today's Quote:



Busyness is not a reason for not getting other things done. It is an excuse for not claiming your true priorities.
Alan Cohen
 

12 comments:

  1. I think we were on the same college track. It took me three tries to finish my degree in 1991!

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    1. It was kind of fun going back to college as an "adult over traditional age" and finally graduating!

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  2. I've NEVER been able to draw/paint; I'm in awe of those who can "see" in that particular way...

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    1. If you knew how many hours of classes and practicing I've been involved in, you'd know anyone can learn to do it.

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  3. Some lovely painting photographs. The way black students like Clara Belle Williams were treated beggars belief!

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    1. Thanks Jo. I'll go over and read the rest of Sepian's blogs soon! Kind of rushing around today.

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  4. such beautiful art. No artistic genes in our family at all unfortunately but we do appreciate art.

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    1. I think appreciating art is just as important as producing it...after all, we'd sure have closets full if nobody ever bought it!

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  5. Some neat pictures here. I love Ann's finished painting - my favorite style. The license plate is great. And Clara was one spunky gal. Kudos to her for her persistence and for how she paid her hard-won learning forward!

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  6. Such a beautiful post and thank you too for drawing my attention to Clara Belle Williams. Honestly I am gob-smacked by how humans have and continue to treat other humans. I saw Hidden Figures recently and was amazed at how persistence triumphed over such adversity and racism. VERY inspiring.

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  7. A perfect medley. I recognize your friend Ann's artwork as I've seen it on a number of Asheville magazines/programs. Making art is like learning a musical instrument. it only requires patience and practice, practice, practice.

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  8. This prompt was made just for you! Thank you for sharing these artists and their work.

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