Glen Eira Artists Society “Paint In Park” Day at Caulfield Park

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Glen Eira Artists Society “Paint In Park” Day
at Caulfield Park

I was very fortunate recently to take part in the annual Glen Eira Artists Society “Paint in Park” day held at Caulfield Park.

It was a terrific event and an opportunity to paint plein air along with fellow artists.

Here I am at start of the day mapping in main shapes:

Faye Kirkwood

Image by Faye Kirkwood

Caulfield Park is an ideal spot for such an event as it offers a range of different subject matter. As you can see from the photo above I choose this view of the path as it curved around. When I started out painting the sun was casting great shadows across the path which was one of the key reasons I choose this. Naturally though the sun soon hid behind the clouds and made only a few brief returns during the day.

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Adding highlights to trees:

Image by Rina Reiss

Image by Rina Reiss

A big congratulations to Glen Eira Artists Society for putting on such a great event. At least 26 artists took part in the event … so it was a huge achievement getting them all organised and having the event run smoothly.

I imagine that trying to organise a group of artists could be a bit like herding cats at times.

In above picture you can see I have blocked in the darks and have been working on the sky and grass areas.

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Close to finishing and discussing the paintings merits with a passer by:

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Image by Gillian Schofield

The event went for approximately 5 hours … that is a long event for painting plein air. Typically plein air artists would paint for a maximum of 2 hours in one session due to the changing nature of the light.

Well on this day we had all types of light conditions, wind and some rain (part of the fun of painting plein air) and most of the artists managed to get close to finished works on the day.

You can see my progress above … this is about where I left it and made a few corrections at home a few days later.

As you can see below the event was well organised and run:

Ray Burgess

Image by Ray Burgess

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It was great at the end of the day to see the finished work of the other artists. During the day there was not a lot of opportunity to do so as artists were scattered through out the park.

As you can see there was a huge variety of subjects and approaches to representing them.

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All of the finished works are now on display in the Fourth Annual Paint In The Park Day Exhibition.

The exhibition is running from 2nd December 2013 – 15th December 2013 at the City of Glen Eira Gallery Annexe.

If you are in the area why not drop in for a look.

Here is my finished framed painting that you will see in the exhibition:

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The painting is for sale and can be purchased here – Click For More Details