Sunday, July 19, 2009

Passport and Palette

As you may already have read in my prior posts, I had the pleasure of attending a free art event where painters bring their studio outdoors and paint amongst other artists. If you look closely you will see an artist situated to the right of the fountain.
When I walked through Central Park, there happened to be a New York Road Runners race and as much as I thought about trying a marathon, I could not wait to arrive at the Passport Palette
and to share one of the most beautiful spots in New York City. From time to time, runners would stop, take a seat along the edge of the fountain. I could not resist adding this fit couple who took a rest. There were runners of all ages and I was impressed with how fit and how happy they were after running the marathon.
How happy I was to be able to observe and speak freely to other artists who traveled to paint.
Artist Kathy Anderson selected a perfect spot to paint. My sister-in-law (lady in the purple dress) joined me in the park. She was happy to see so many artists out and the lawyer in her surely helped to peruse the situation and report all the facts back to me. She even came back with the camera crew for a quick interview, from the wonderful gentleman at Passport and Palette. It is nice to know that I can count on my family to act as my agent and pr firm.
Geoffrey Barbey, a friend and teacher who joined me amongst the painters in Central Park.
For those of you who do not know Geoffrey, he is a wonderful teacher and has an incredible sense of humor. I called him to come out and paint and he was thrilled to be there, in his element.
Mr.Tony Bennett came out to paint too. I love a man of many talents.
What are you waiting for, start painting!
James Asher painting away. He was a delightful gentleman.
I adore his work. The detail is incredibly awe inspiring!
I walked around to observe others who came out to paint.
Jane McGraw Teubner had quite the amazing box of pastels.
Her work was so rich, so thick and so full of detail.

Next time you are in Central Park, take a seat and stretch to cool down or better yet, paint.
No need to be shy or feel that you are not good enough. Just start, sketch, paint or bring your camera to capture a day in the park.
Thank-you to my dear sister for telling me about this event.
My only wish is that you were there painting beside me.

22 comments:

Jane said...

What is the best way to start with water colors?

pve design said...

Jane,
the best way to start is with clean water, fully loaded brush, paint and paper of your choice.
Just start by painting what you see.
You only need a few colors...
Have fun!
pve

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

Thanks for sharing more photos of your day yesterday. What a lovely day it was?!

Debra said...

Simply Fabulous Patricia~ What a perfect day!

Ivy Lane said...

Fabulous! Did you get close enough to see Tony B's painting?

Dana Cochran said...

Just when I thought I couldn't love your work more ... you paint fountains.
Absolutey fabulous!

meandering pearl said...

i love water colour paper, the torn edges & essence of the texture...what a beautiful event, would have LOVED to have been there :)

lovely wishes!

Purple Flowers said...

You are just teriffic, always sharing your knowledge of your craft with other Artists and budding Artists. My summer hat, I tip to you.

Blushing hostess said...

Oh, did you show pictures? I was lost in the watercolor... I love its vibrancy, the lack of which is my persistent complaint re watercolor.

My Notting Hill said...

Looks like a wonderful experience to be surrounded by fellow artists.

Michelle said...

Love this! I've met many-a-sketchers on my travels.

It's a great way to spend a day :)

Simply Mel said...

Isn't it wonderful to be surrounded by those with like-minded artists?

Just recently discovered Tony Bennet was also a painter too! There was a special exhibit of his works in Carmel, and they were several beautiful pieces of San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Angel Island.

What a great weekend!

The Townhouselady said...

One of my favorite spots in all of NYC. I love your rendition of it. Was interesting to see the other artists takes on it as well.

Heather van Breda said...

what a beautiful way to spend a day! lovely painting.

Jennifer Pfeiffer said...

Pve, do you sketch out your drawing before you start painting?
I've noticed that if i do that you cannot erase once the watercolor is over the pencil lines.

Kwana said...

Oh Patricia what a time. This is a great artist day!

LindsB said...

What a fun thing to do! So many talented people in one area, how amazing!!

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

I think this is a most wonderful idea - painting in the park!

Nettie's Blog said...

i know you are so far away form Australia nd Tasmaina is a small island that is even furter south of that.... but when i saw that fountain that you were all painting it almost blew me away...we hava a park(on a postage stamp size compared to yours) in the city here in Lunceston that has almost the same fountain..cast in iron with the same chrubs and even down to the ledge you can sit on a trail your fingers in the water...we have gold fish in there that hide under the water lillies...( my grandaughters love it) i will have to take some pics and post them on my blog for you.... so from halfway around the world it is good to now we have something in common...a beautiful fountain.....

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I just love that Tony came out to paint with everyone! He really is such a rock star.

This looks like such great fun!

Carey said...

Such a beautiful way to paint, outdoors. And once again I like your rendering better than the photo of the fountain itself. I've been struggling through art classes since 2001, and though it doesn't come natural to me, I've loved every moment of it. Drawing/sketching still intimidates me, and I work so long and hard at getting the bones of a picture down so that I can begin to paint. Because of that, I'm not a good candidate for working outdoors yet. I tried once with my class, and it was (I was) a disaster. I work so slow, the wind was blowing, my paint was drying out, and I was so angry at myself. I was sitting on a wall beside a duck pond with my back to two of my friends. The friend who was furthest behind me decided to paint exactly what was in front of her: our other friend in the foreground and me in the background. In the finished piece you see our other friend in the foreground, facing ahead and working intently on a canvas. And then there I was in background, with my back to her, working on my own humble canvas. And you could tell even from the back that I was in a crabby mood!!! She captured my grumpy posture perfectly, and we all got a good laugh out of it. Sigh, I haven't tried to paint plein aire since, but it's one of my goals as I keep making friends with artists who are comfortable doing it. And their work is so loose and charming.

pve design said...

carey-
just keep at it, practice makes one more comfortable with the process.
pve