This past weekend, I and another artist friend, Eric Deeter, were
invited to paint with the Plein Air Painters of Alaska as 'special guest artists', along with several others.
Each year this illustrious group hosts an entire weekend of plein air painting and
exhibition with works for sale. We were honored to be working
with Alaska's best - Betty
Atkinson, Thor Brandt Ericksen, James Belcher, Lynn Boots, Nancy Brandt
Ericksen, Bob Hansen (President of the Alaska Artists Guild), Teri Jo
Hedman, Don Kolstad, Joe Nedland, Andy Sonneborn, Jean Shadrack,
Dorothy Thompson, and Marianne Wieland.
The weather was bright sunny and hot, the tents sparkled in the
sunlight, and the attendance was fabulous. Parents brought their
children to watch the artists, and one 4 year old thought a dab of my
white paint on his nose would be art too!
The bright sunlight on the red white & blue tents reminded me of
the brilliant colours at a carnival, or maybe even conjured up visions
of a jousting match - of course no jousting here, so I set up my easel
with needed umbrella, and began to paint. These are my beginning
marks to establish basic colour and values. It took about 3 1/2
hours to complete, as there was quite a crowd most of the time,
questions welcomed and answered liberally.
Plein Air Tents 16"x20" Oil on canvas by Diann Haist
While I was painting tents, Eric Deeter was painting me! A lovely impressionist piece and a good reminder of a wonderful day.
Diann Haist Painting En Plein Air Oil on Panel by Eric Deeter