Day 1263 My plein air day

So far. I drew all day long. The weather was perfect and there were a lot of interesting things to draw. No idea why I drew in pencil today other than I was enjoying doing that. HB lead mechanical pencil in my Stillman and Birn.

The food trucks and my fav beloved Atlanta’s King of Pops. Did you know if you paint over your pencil sketches with water they won’t smear?! Oh and you can no longer erase them. The bikes and the Gnarled Oak tree

These really need some watercolor but I am too tired from all the walking drawing and standing around today. A long day.

This was better than the crepe I ate in Paris in the Marais. I didn’t like the French one at all. This was light and crispy and delicious. The Le Petit Rendezvous Creperie Food trick owner and his assistant loved that I drew my lunch. They can’t wait to see it painted.

A lecture by Scott Gellatly a participant and Gamblin Rep

A couple of random Guys in the audience. I liked their hats and their beards.

Suzie Baker was patiently waiting for Joe Gyurcsak, the Blick Utrecht rep, to set up so they could paint each other. John Guernsey was painting in the background.

Ok so I loved Suzy’s wonderful sun hat. It was enormous. I might need one. Then I could hide in it.

She and Joe Gyurcsak kept up a running conversation. I learned that Patricia Cromwell thought Walter Sickert a famous English painter was Jack the Ripper and destroyed many of his works of art trying to prove exactly that. They also talked about everything from paint to painting and easels. A fun day.

Tomorrow the quick paint. Check in at 8 am. 😱 better get to bed soon.

Margaret having a wonderful weekend. Xoxoxo But next weekend I am staying home!!!

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Day 1262 Olmsted 2 It’s Saturday

Which in my book is time to draw and maybe paint. That’s going to happen a lot at the Olmsted Linear Parks today.

John Brian Guernsey of Marietta did a demo yesterday. I got there a little late and plopped down next to YerZa Vue though I didn’t know it was her at the time and proceeded to sketch James painting.

I knew better than to put that eye in like that. What was I thinking?! Rusty. It only takes a day off to get like that.

Like Yer Za he was very generous in his suggestions on how to do a pleine air painting.

And painted about 45 minutes.

I love he brought a dry erase board to write tips on. How organized is this guy?! I know he’s right about rule one. Not sure about rule two. Will have to think about that one.

A great painting of a rather nondescript house we would all just pass by. He painted from this picture. Obviously this house was not in very upscale mansion Kaiden Druid Hills.

Thought it was a great idea that he taped the photo write below the painting so he could see it. It’s always a problem what to do with the photograph and this is a good solution.

As a NOT organized person I always interested in how other painters set up their easels. Looks like he used a lot of tape on a regular easel. Why didn’t I think to ask him what type it was. Maybe I will see him again today. And I will ask.

Portable easels are always of interest to me. They usually spend a lot of time falling over so a good one is a topic of conversation with my painter friends.

Off I go for another day of fun on a perfect spring day in Atlanta. As Yer Za said if it’s NOT fun why are we doing it. Something I have been known to say to my classes too.

Margaret poking along on this cool Saturday morning. Xoxoxo

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