It started so simply. Several of us wanted to learn to paint. We had a neighbor friend who was an experienced artist and we asked whether we might sit next to her and paint. She was in the habit of sitting outdoors and painting natural scenes. We learned from her that part of the fun was choosing the site for painting.
We meet outdoors on Wednesday morning at a certain site, bring our own chairs, paper, art supplies, bug spray, sunscreen, and choose a quiet place to paint.
|Melanie Rees at work|
|Tara Lavallee at work|
|Lavonda Smith at work|
|Jake Jacobson and Marcia Fearing's garden|
|Ann Capling, experienced artist|
|Under Marcia's and Jake's tent in the rain are Marcia Fearing, Ann Capling, Liz Key, Lavonda Smith and Mani Goulding|
|Mani Goulding at work|
|Lavonda's hand made coconut plant holder|
|Lavonda and Bruce Smith's Home|
It is good for us to meet up on a weekly basis because in the process we have established a system and a structure useful for learning water color techniques. When we wonder what another artist is doing, we ask and they explain. When we see someone doing something interesting and perhaps out of the ordinary, we take time out learn about it and try doing it too. It becomes a very likable sharing of ideas, techniques and experiences and we all benefit from this exchange.
|One of our cooperative models at Melanie's garden|
|Marge and Earl Hamilton's Garden|
|Eleanor Bruce at work|
|Striking staghorn fern in Marge and Earl Hamilton's garden|
|Jimmy and Liz Key's home|
|Tara Lavallee paints Liz's dog|
|Anne Capling's tree|
Our meeting usually begins at 8:30 each Wednesday morning. We agree on where to meet outdoors. We gather at the designated place and speak with each other for a few minutes when we first arrive. We then casually disperse, carrying our chairs and our art supplies to various locations nearby, walking around to find a place to put our chair and establish a point for painting. We next pull out our paper and paints, our pencils and erasers,brushes, and set to work.
If there is a newcomer to the group, we offer them paper, paint, pencils, a chair, or whatever they need to get started. If someone just wants to sit and watch, they too, are welcome.
From time to time someone shows up just to walk through and see what we are doing. We greet them, then return to our painting. They watch and then slip away when they are ready to go.
|Art Capling draws a building|
|We listen to ideas|
|And paint our own perspectives of buildings. Painting by Tara Lavallee|
|Jake and Marcia's place|
|Karon Teasedale chooses an interesting location for painting|
|On the beach ,Eight Mile Bay|
|Group setting on the beach|
|Melanie Rees on the beach|
|Susie Lill's first painting|
|Melanie Reese and Ann Capling|
|Over by the River|
|Ann Capling's perspective|
|Karon Teasedale's perspective|
|Mary Chamie's perspective|
|Lavonda Smith's perspective|
We take photographs and make albums and share them showing what happened each time that we met.
|Liz Key, Melanie Reese, Lavonda Smith, Ann Capling, Maxene Tanner|
At the end of the session, when people have begun to stand up and stroll around to look at what others have done, we then meet in a circle to discuss each other's work, consider techniques we might want to learn, and to plan the next meeting.
We then disperse and head home, refreshed and relaxed from the quiet and productive morning.
We are fortunate to have so many neighbors and friends who show their love of art by sharing their gardens and yards and the crafts and paintings that they make.