Sunday, September 7, 2014

Oil Painters of America paint out - Marceline, MO

Saturday, I participated in the Oil Painters of America paint out in Marceline, MO. Marceline is best known for being the boyhood hometown of Walt Disney, and the inspiration for Main Street, USA at Disney parks around the world. It was a beautiful day, and thanks to Darrell and Darlene Gardner's efforts, a wonderful event. Darrell is a fantastic painter, working hard to promote the arts. Check out his work here.

I started the day with a small painting at the corner of Kansas Avenue and Lake Street. It was a good warmup, and I had an audience of around 6 cats constantly circling.

What I liked most about the scene was the way the tree in the front yard shadowed half of the house, so I quickly blocked this in first, knowing that the moving sun would change the scene rapidly.

Photo by Darrell Gardner.
Once I had the major shadows established, I could focus on the remainder of the house where the light remained more consistent. You can see in the photo below that the shadow of the tree has already moved off of most of the house.

Here's the final after two hours of painting.

After lunch at Ma Vic's Corner Cafe, I set off for my next challenge. Ripley Park sits in the heart of downtown Marceline, and there's a train engine commemorating Marceline's history as a Santa Fe Railroad stop. Never having painted a train, I decided on this as my subject and looked for a good angle. I didn't care for the fence, and from most viewpoints it was prominent.

The sun was directly overhead at this time, and much of the wheels was in shadow which made for a stronger composition. From the side view, even the fence was mostly lost in shadows.

Similar to the previous painting, I quickly established the shadows. Within a short period of time, the sun had moved west and revealed an overwhelming amount of detail on the wheels and the fence. There was company picnic happening in the park directly behind me, so I had a large audience throughout the process. The comments went from "That looks like a blob" to "Hey that's the train" in about 15 minutes.

Here's the final after two hours - "Santa Fe 2546" (oil on canvas, 14"x18") by Patrick Saunders. I was happy with the result. This painting went on to win a purchase award that evening from the City of Marceline, and will hang in the Marceline City Hall.
Late in the afternoon, Main St was shut down to traffic for a wine stroll, so we had the opportunity to set up anywhere in the street and paint. I chose the Main Street Emporium as my subject. Not only did I like the look of the building, but the shadow cast by the tree in front made it interesting.
I set up across the street, along with my previous paintings.

I have to admit that by this time I was terribly sunburned. Darrell had even started referring to me as "Crispy," and everyone who stopped by to chat started the conversation with "Ooh, that's gotta hurt." The looks on their faces were enough to let me know I was in trouble. For the final painting, I just relaxed in the shade and took it easy with a lot of breaks.

Here's the final, another 9"x12" on canvas.

At the end of the day, everyone gathered and hung their work for the public viewing and judging. Darrell and Darlene held a nice reception in Darrell studio - great space! Darlene even helped me out with some cream to sooth my sunburn. Overall, it was a great day with a fun group of painters. I'm sure I'll be heading back to Marceline for more.
Notice the bright red face in the back row.