Saturday, July 21, 2018

Plein Air Easton

How great is this campsite? We had a gorgeous "mooch dock spot at Plein Air Easton this year, thanks to our fabulous housing hosts. We were camped right on the Tred Avon River, a tributary of Chesapeake Bay, in Oxford, Maryland. The photo below was the Sweet Potato's first sunrise in this to die for spot. Patrick Saunders had to back in for almost half a city block to get her here. The man tows like a boss.

The Sweet Potato enjoying her first sunrise in Oxford, Maryland.

The next morning we got up before dawn so that Patrick could be ready for the sunrise at the Tilghman Island Pre-Competition Paint Out. He was attracted to the reflection of the sun on the water even more than the boats this time, in a spot at the Knapp's Narrows Marina and Inn near where he painted last year for this event.

"Knapps Narrows Shine" (oil on linen, 14"x18") ended up winning the Tilghman Artists Choice Award Thursday night.

"Knapps Narrows Shine" (oil on linen, 14"x18" SOLD)

Thanks to our housing hosts this year, we had not one, not two, but THREE orange tabby cats to play with during our stay. Orange tabbies are just the best. As soon as we met them, we knew we were going to photograph and paint at least one of them as a gift for our hosts. Cody is shy with strangers. Wyatt likes to play outside in his bed of catnip, but could not be enticed to pose for us even for a moment. We did manage to catch Benton lounging in a screened outdoor porch. The dappled light on the tile floor in front of him, and on his back, with his face in partial shadow, was gorgeous, and I caught a decent photo of him, although the camera spooked him a bit. Patrick painted this portrait of Benton Friday afternoon. We love photographing and painting pets, and would be happy to do nothing but that. Someday.

"Benton" (oil on linen, 9"x12")

Patrick headed to Cambridge Saturday morning and started a large painting of the Choptank River Lighthouse. He had painted this lighthouse during his first year at Plein Air Easton in 2016, and it's been stuck in his mind ever since, so he decided to revisit it because he was so drawn to the sparkle of the boats and the lighthouse, and to the strong foreground element of the dock. Patrick wasn't able to finish this painting on Saturday, and went back Monday morning to finish it.

Our thanks to 2018 judge Jill Carver for giving "Back on the Choptank" the Best Marine Painting Award at Plein Air Easton this year.

"Back on the Choptank" (oil on linen, 24"x30")

Saturday night was the Meet the Artists Party at the Kirby's Wharf Farm near Trapper. Patrick spent a nice afternoon there painting in the shade of these beautiful trees, with a cool breeze coming off the water of the Choptank River. He tried to find out what kind of trees these are, but no one seemed to know. Wish we could identify these beauties.

"Along the Choptank" (oil on linen, 16"x20").
On Sunday, Paint Oxford Day, Patrick headed to the Hinckley Yacht Services marina to paint a beautiful one of a kind custom sailboat docked there that was built in 1979.

"Wind Song" (oil on linen, 14"x18").

Patrick started this boatyard painting Monday afternoon, and returned Tuesday afternoon to finish it. We had stumbled across this scene at Campbell's Boatyard at Jack's Point earlier one evening on a walk through Oxford. Patrick liked the simplicity of this silhouetted composition, so he returned to paint it.

"Fire Water, Jack's Point" (oil on linen, 18"x24")

Wednesday, Patrick painted this Oxford home, a structure Kimberly was drawn to on a bike ride around the town. The dappled light that moves across this historic looking brick townhouse, from sunrise to sunset, just adds to its charm.

"Van Winkle House" (oil on linen, 6"x8").

Patrick painted this street scene Thursday night at the Plein Air Easton Nocturne Block Party. This is only Patrick's fourth ever nocturne.

"Night at Dover & Harrison" (oil on linen, 12"x16")

Patrick called his painting Saturday for Plein Air Easton's Quick Draw Competition "45 Minutes in Rain" (oil on linen, 12"x16"), for obvious reasons.

"45 Minutes in Rain" (oil on linen, 12"x16" SOLD)
Patrick in a rain slicker to protect his gear.

We really enjoyed our busy but at the same time tranquil stay in Oxford this year. This was the Sweet Potato's first trip to the Delmarva Peninsula, and she looks good on the water here, if we do say so ourselves. - Kimberly

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