Get Your Creative On... Outside
8th Annual Plein Air Paintout for the Friends of Scotchman Peaks
If you might like having other people tell you that the streaks of color that you’ve made on paper or canvas are breathtakingly beautiful, or just enjoy the wonderful experience of producing a work of art, you should attend the 8th Annual Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Plein Air Paintout at the Outskirts Gallery in Hope, Idaho.
The FSPW Paintout, on Saturday, October 10, offers optional workshops this year, with Paintout veterans Greg Caudell and Aaron Johnson and Outskirts “artist in residence” Alison Barrows Young, as well as an art-filled day of painting in and around the Scotchman Peaks. The workshops are intended to help anyone, from beginner to long-time painter, increase their skills as an oil or watercolor painter in an outdoor setting—en plein air, or “in the open air.”
En plein air paintings feature a rapid rendition of an object or landscape direcly before the artist. Their production is largely influenced by constraints on both time and space, so works of art produced en plein air are often strikingly raw and capture an urgency that is hard to find elsewhere. These paintings show the artists’ ability to quickly determine and depict the essential characteristics of the visual field before them.
Artists and workshop students alike are invited to create to their hearts’ content, painting from “dawn to dusk,” with their resultant works to be hung for a public show and sale at the Outskirts Gallery in the Hope Market. Hanging of the art begins at 4 and the show opens at 7 pm.
“I’ve been involved in this event since the first year,” says FSPW program coordinator Sandy Compton, “and it’s always a grand time for artists and observers alike. There’s something about the combination of art and the natural world and people who love both that makes for an incredible sense of camaraderie and common purpose at the Paintout.”
Art appreciators are invited to stop by anytime during the day—the Market kitchen opens at 7 am on Saturday—but particularly to come to the evening show, which is an always exciting event as the “fresh” art is revealed to the larger public for the first time.
The workshops start at 10 am, Pacific and are open to all skill levels. Students are asked to bring their own supplies, including paper, canvas, oils or watercolors, and an easel. Registration is $25 in advance, or $30 the day of the workshops and show. To register, send a check to The Outskirts Gallery, PO Box 1, Hope, Idaho 83864. For more information, write to firstname.lastname@example.org, call 208-264-5696, or go to scotchmanpeaks.org/event/learn-to-paint-better-at-the-annual-plein-air-paintout/
Sales of the paintings benefit the artists and the Friends of Scotchman Peaks.