Just spent a wonderful weekend at the Thomasville, Ga Rose Festival painting in a Plein Air Paint Out. The Wiregrass Gallery in Thomasville, GA and The Accidental Gallery in Boston, GA sponsored a three day, four site plein air competition with 20 artists. I participated in it mostly for the night painting session and this session produced my best work. or at least I think so. I painted a total of 6 paintings in acrylics.
I used the Open Acrylics by Golden Paints and loved them. They were not exactly like oils but they did provide the ability to work the paints for at least an hour and some of the works were not completely dry 24 hours later. I still prefer oils but I used these paints mostly out of curiosity. I had been given some samples of the open acrylics and was impressed so I decided to do a serious plein air session with the traditional colors set.
My only problem was the set was not enough paint, at least not for me. I plan next time to buy larger tubes when I do this again. It was a wonderful weekend and experience.
My favorite part of the whole weekend was painting at “Hard Scrabble.” While we were limited to a size of 11″ X 14″ for our canvases, I had to paint the landscape on a 16″ X 20.” The scene just screamed to me that it had to larger and so I painted it larger even though I knew it would be disqualified. After all, the point of painting is to enjoy it and I truly did.