This past Saturday's Indian Springs plein air festival was enjoyable, and I was very grateful to come away with First Place, amidst an overall impressive group of artists. Indian Springs is an interesting place, and their state park and local public gardens are really beautiful. I've been trying to paint lots of garden scenes lately, in anticipation of a scheduled weeklong trip to Cashiers, NC, in mid-July, as an invited artist for their Garden festival.
I also just found out that I received the best of show award from last month's Gadsden plein air festival, (aka: Southeastern Plein Air Festival), so am really pleased and honored by that. It was a people's choice vote, so it took a while before they announced. This festival is in it's 3rd year, and is sponsored by the Gadsden, AL, Museum of Art; and they do a great job. I was also just notified that my two paintings from last month's Smith Gilbert Gardens plein air festival won 2 of the 7 equally distributed awards. I had to skip out midway through the festival and hadn't heard the results earlier. So, things worked out pretty well for May, and I'm very grateful, too, for the many nice comments received from fellow artists and friends.
Lastly, I have an interesting little story to tell you about a plein air painitng i did at the Marietta Square, a week ago Tuesday. I will plan to post that painting in a few days and tell you the accompanying story; so stay tuned...
Local friends, as menitioned earlier, see you at the Marietta Artwalk, this Friday , June 3, 5-9pm !