Friday, 25 October 2019

Plein Air Ensemble Fall Painting Trip 2019 - Part 3

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We are at the end of October and due to the Plein Air Painting trip, it was another productive month. Following is the last part of my travelogue and a special invitation at the end of the blog.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Camouflaged, acrylic, 5" x 7"

Slowly Falling Apart, acrylic, 7" x 5"
Despite the cloudy morning, we were determined to paint at the abandoned farm we had discovered the previous day. While we were painting, the sun came out, and it got so warm that I took off my winter coat. It was only a short treat! Soon the sun hid behind the clouds, and a cold wind made us feel quite chilly. There were so many beautiful sights to paint on the farm, that Hélène and I created two and Janis even three paintings.

In the early afternoon, we needed a break and drove to Chris Peltzer’s studio, which is on the same road as the Opeongo Mountain Resort. After sitting together for tea, she took us on a tour of her property that has access to Lake Clear. It was a beautiful walk through fields and treed areas. She does not even have to leave her property to find sights to paint, but maintaining such a big property is also a lot of  work. 

As Hélène and Janis did not want to paint anymore, I created another “Memory Painting”, similar to the previous one. This time, I used watercolours. It was interesting to experience the difference between the two mediums.

Instead of the regular Happy Hour, all participating artists showed their works from the trip. I love this mini-exhibition. As one of the artists was a photographer, he showed us a slideshow of a selection of the photos he had taken over the past couple of days. The beauty of these images was inspiring, but outside a feast for our eyes caught our attention. First, the evening sun created an amazing light show, putting the spotlight on the colourful mountains. Then, the breathtaking clouds and the sunset produced a beautiful reflection on the water. We could also see a straight rainbow on the other side of the lake. At the same time, a grey heron was fishing for food without paying attention to our presence. Beauty is everywhere if you keep your eyes open.

The last item on the agenda was the exchange of the “Memory Paintings”. As my name was picked very early, I was not only able to choose a beautiful watercolour painting of a farm, resembling the one that we had painted earlier, but also won a frame for the painting.

Dinner consisted of amazing zucchini zoodles in Alfredo sauce, salad, garlic bread, and ice cream. After the productive days, we all were happy. These were perfect days in the lives of artists, but now it is time to go back to our regular duties. Even though most of the members of the group are retired, everyday life requires us to deal with many ordinary chores. On the other hand, this is what makes the painting trips so special: the retreat into nature to do what we truly love, without interruptions, and in the company of friends.

This was my last painting trip of the year, but I hope to meet my painting buddies for some local painting outings in the upcoming weeks. October and part of November are often quite pleasant for outdoor painting.

If you would like to see my new paintings, please come to my 6th Annual Open House and Customer Appreciation Day on November 9, 2019, from 10 am to 3 pm. As a special thank you for your support, I would like to invite a small group for coffee/tea and cake at 3 pm. Please send me an email to, if you would like to attend the kaffeeklatsch. I will be able to accommodate up to 10 people for this free gathering.

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