Monday, April 29, 2013

 

In Plein Sight


      When my friend LaVonna and I went exploring the country roads last week we took a detour through Klondike Park in Augusta, Missouri.  It is a very scenic location complete with an abandoned quarry/lake, cliffs overlooking the Katy Trail bike trail which cuts across the state, and pretty forests.  Today it has campgrounds and a convention center.  It was once a private home where Sweetface and I attended a party, but today it is open to thousands of happy visitors.
 
 
When we drove through we were delighted to see a lot of Plein Air Artists along the road and scattered around the lake.  Most were painting with oils, some with watercolors...
 
 
...and at least one man was working with pastels.  This man was in a lovely spot by the lake.
 
 
      He was sitting in the white sandy area dotted with sparkling stones.  I brought one home to add to my "rock collection" in the yard.  It is something I often do, bringing home a rock to remember a place that I visited.
 
 
      The artists were all very friendly and eager to tell us about their projects.  They said that the Augusta Chamber of Commerce puts on a large Plein Air Artist's retreat every year, and they had over 90 attendees this year.  We spotted a couple more of them painting the lovely view at the winery.  They are a dedicated bunch, and quite talented.  I hope next year to go back and be able to attend their art show.  Read about Plein Air art HERE.  See the winners and read more about this annual art event HERE.
 


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