Door County, Day One

Posted on July 22, 2011 in Blog Post, News, Plein Air Painting

Well, July has been a decent month, and as a result, I was able to attend the Dockside Quick Paint in Door County. Each year the Penninsula School of Art sponsors an exclusive week-long plein air painting competition, inviting only 40 artists from around the states. Some of the best painters in the US participate in this event, which culminates in a rather successful auction, all to raise funds for the school.

To get invited to this event you have to have firmly established yourself as an award winning painter, and to get invited back, your work has to sell. That being said, the school goes out of its way to promote the event, and the auction-style sale is far more successful than any other event in the state.

As a separate event, the school also offers a Quick Paint event, open to the public. Further, the artist who takes this event is invited to the main event the following year. Needless to say, it’s a great opportunity. So here I am.

After a ridiculous number of last minute errands, I managed to get out of Milwaukee around 2pm, landed in Fish Creek around 5. After getting settled in to my hotel room, I managed to find the park in which the event will take place. I set up to get a quick painting in, starting around 6:30 or so, wrapped up in an hour. 8″ x 10″ oil on panel. The park opens onto a marina, where there are stacks of large luxury boats and sailboats.

I’m planning to do an 11″ x 14″ painting tomorrow, trying to keep things loose and vibrant. Hoping to show off some brushwork.

Off to bed now, it will be an early, long day.