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29 July 2013

En Plein Air

One of the great things about where we live in Wisconsin is our close proximity to the beautiful Door County, on the northeast peninsula.  Year round, but during the summer especially, the place bursts with tons of cultural activities.  A major player in this is the Peninsula School of Art (the scene of my very first art class ever, Drawing for Dummies, this summer).  Each year, the school sponsors a Plein Air festival, attracting artists from around the country.  

On the final day of this week-long event, artists participate in a "paint out" in and around Fish Creek.  This was my first opportunity to see for myself these talented artists.  My dream is that one day I can be proficient enough to try my hand at watercolors, so I can sit in our backyard and produce an 'plein air' work of my own!
Enjoy some of the works created in a very short time today!

The stunningly beautiful hollyhocks, blooming all over the county, provided subject matter for many artists.

See this cute little wooden boat in the harbor?  It, too, was a very popular subject:

Other boats in the harbor were of interest as well:

Permanent residents were enjoying the sights; look how clear that water is!

And here is just a sampling of some of the other artists who were painting.  It was a beautiful, cool day.  What talent!!

I hope you enjoyed the art 'tour.'  Speaking of tours, tomorrow is the annual Door County House and Garden Walk.  It promises to be a gloriously beautiful day so, God willing, I'll be off up there again!


  1. Nancy, this is a beautiful spot for plen air artists. Thanks for sharing their amazing work. I'd love to be proficient to paint with water colors too. Have fun with yours and enjoy your summer is this gorgeous location.

  2. Oh dear! I so wanted to go on that tour tomorrow but I am working at my friend's house. Those art works are AMAZING, Nancy. What fun to see them all up close and personal. Don't you love Fish Creek? xo Diana

  3. Door Creek is one of my favorite much beauty! Thanks for the quick tour! ;)

  4. I liked the painting of the purple flowers Nancy. I know Door Country must be spectacular.


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