Maine Artist in Oil, Acrylic and Block Print

Maine Artist in Oil, Acrylic and Block Print
"White Mountains Hayfield", Joe Godleski, oil on canvas

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Plein Air - Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

"Early Azaleas" in early progress
"Early Azaleas" nearly done
 Along with 100+ other artists, I took advantage of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens week of open admission to artists for plein air painting on the Gardens grounds.  It was Memorial Day week and a few of the days were washed out but a few of the days were just fine for setting up and painting.  The problem was there was just so much to choose from.  I settled on a little tableau off the Steep Trail where early azaleas were in bloom.  Working in acrylic and fighting the mosquitoes, on day two I completed "Early Azaleas."  After the week of painting, over 70 artists submitted a work for the Gardens plein air show and the resulting show was wonderful, with a lot of good value art.  My "Early Azaleas" managed to sell (yay).  I forgot to take a picture of the final work (boo).  The Gardens are always a great visit.