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Monday, September 6, 2010

Plein Air Painting Competition

I was one of 41 artists participating in the 8th Annual Plein Air Painting Competition sponsored by the Grand Marais Art Colony.

"Plein air" means "in the open air" so we all painted outside, on location, all week.

Completed paintings are framed and exhibited at the Art Colony, then judged and awarded prizes by a prominent artist.

This was my second year in the event. Artists are allowed 2 entries into the general competition, plus optional night paint and quick paint entries. Last year it was my goal to finish a painting to enter. I like to paint at night, and I was able to finish one to enter for that, too. I was pleased with my pieces and enjoyed seeing them exhibited with all the other artists' work.

This year, my goal was two pieces for the general competition, plus my night piece. Did it! At the opening reception I was honored to have two of my paintings chosen to win awards - First and Third Place in the Pastel category of the general competition!

Enjoy! And a special thank you to my painting PALS and the Art Colony for their support!

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