On the weekend of February 6th, I painted in my first plein air event of 2016 — Paint Out Chadds Ford. The event was a benefit for the Chadds Ford Historical Society, and the society did a wonderful job hosting. The Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association also sponsored the event. It was a strong show with some very talented artists juried in — I was in great company, and I really enjoyed getting to know some of the other painters!
I was a little nervous about doing an event in February because of the cold. The night before the paint out, a new layer of fresh snow fell, but the temps quickly warmed into the mid-30’s. My new ear flap hat, wool layers and hand-warming packets helped, but it was still pretty chilly. My biggest challenge was the ever-changing light on the first day. I started an oil painting of the John Chads springhouse, but the brilliant sunshine soon gave way to quickly fluctuating clouds.
After hours in the cold, with the sun well past the mid-point of the sky, I switched gears and did a smaller pastel in the warmth of my car, looking at the view through the windshield.
Returning to the springhouse the next morning, I was happy that the light cooperated and let me finish the painting.
The show that evening was well-attended, and my oil painting sold, which is always a great feeling. I really enjoyed meeting some of the patrons and swapping stories with the other artists. Altogether, nineteen paintings sold the first night of the show, but there are still lots of great paintings for sale, and they will be on display at the Chadds Ford Historical Society Barn Visitor’s Center until March 25, 2016. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.