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Monday, October 5, 2009

Plein air Intensive Workshop Day 3

Another beautiful day for us to paint outside en plein air in our mentoring class with Albert Handell. We go to Lutsen Resort for the whole day. The resort on the shore of Lake Superior offers a beautiful beach, gardens, a unique building, hiking trails, covered bridges, and the reason we have come, a river with some spectacular falls.

There are views of the river from one of the bridges as well as from the rocky outcroppings along the river. We are accompanied by the roar of the rushing water as we paint. Rocks and rushing water are difficult subjects for me. I set up on the rocks and set to work. The water is surprisingly much darker than the rocks, and is a rich brown, colored by tannins in the water. Careful observation shows green and purple, reflections of the trees and sky. The foam of the churning falls is root-beer colored. Do I have a root-beer colored pastel?

Again we work from 9 until about 4, with a break for lunch in the resort's dining room (excellent walleye sandwich). I learned a lot from the work with rocks and water. My painting partner finished a piece on later date at this spot that won first place in the Grand Marais Plein Air Festival.

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