May 9-19 was AMERICA’S GREAT PAINT OUT en plein air AT THE FORGOTTEN COAST IN FLORIDA
May 15, 2016 my artist friend Sheryl and I left Memphis traveling to the Forgotten Coast in Apalachicola Florida. We were volunteers for “Plein Air South” event. This event was packed with mini workshops, supply and paint discussions, demos, food and marketing tips from Allison Stanfield. At the paint out there were smiling faces, friendly talented artist from all over the southern region and beyond. From the time we got up until the time we fell into bed there was laughter, learning and camaraderie with our peers. I felt a spiritual growth as well as artistic growth.
I heard several Christian artists sharing with discussions of faith. As artists we are always evolving, and at this event I also reaffirmed that art is not just my job, it is my calling, always studying, always learning and sharing.
There were 150 artists from the southern states attending. The dates of next year’s Plein Air South will be May 15-18, 2017. Hope you can attend!
This event also let me know the importance of documenting.