Sunday, March 17, 2013

The First Blush of Spring

"The Falls of New Harmony Pond",  9"x 12" on canvas panel  $550
Field study for "New Harmony Pond"

As the weather finally gets a little warmer, and the snowdrops start blooming, painters begin to get an itch to leave their studios and paint in the fresh air of nature.  The first outdoor painting event for the Indiana Plein Air Painters is always a great one down in the tip of the boot of Indiana at New Harmony.  It takes place from April 18--20th and includes prizes for the painters and a large SALE of paintings for collectors and the general public.  Over a hundred painters from all over the Midwest participate.  Please join us!

One of the events is the "Field to Finish" in which artists paint a small field study during the three day event, not bigger than 12" in the longest direction.  Then, during the year, we paint a larger "finished" studio painting.  Both the field study and the finished painting are exhibited at the next April paint-out, called The First Blush of Spring.  That exhibit at the New Harmony Hoosier Salon is juried for prizes.  Last year my paintings were the judges favorites, so we'll see how these two do this year.  Here is my finished studio painting of the pond.

"New Harmony Pond", 18" x 24", oil on linen canvas, $1900

Let me encourage you to join us this year.  People are welcome to wander and look over the shoulders of dozens of painters, ask us questions, and snap up a painting off someone's easel or attend the painting sale in which we bring both studio and plein air framed paintings.   There's delicious meals at the Red Geranium and other local restaurants.  If you'd like more information on the event and accommodations, call Maggie Rapp at the Hoosier Salon  New Harmony Gallery,  812-682-3970,,  507 Church Street, New Harmony, IN 47631.

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