I'm getting used to painting in the rain. That was the theme for the 2015 Penn Valley Park Plein Air Fest. Sure, there were moments when the weather was perfect, but I'll remember this as the experience that forced me to paint subjects I wouldn't normally paint.
I'll start with a disastrous first quick paint. We met at Just Off Broadway Theatre which is built inside the remains of a Kansas City Parks Department Operations Building from 1910. The old limestone walls are all that remain of the original structure. It's a cool building, and a visually complicated one made ever more so on a grey and rainy day.
|Just Off Broadway Theatre on a grey day. Oh man.|
|There I am, painting in the rain.|
|Just Off Broadway Theatre in the sun. Now that's what I wanted.|
|That's mine on the right. Blah.|
|Amanda Sophia's winning painting.|
|Union Station from the lawn of the Liberty Memorial.|
|A couple hours into the painting.|
|The finished painting in its environment.|
|"Penn Valley Lake" oil on canvas, 12"x16"|
|The finalists and their paintings.|
|"Union Station in Rain" oil on canvas, 16"x12"|
|Me with my first place painting.|
|Spencer Meagher took Best of Show|
|Alex Hamil took Second Place.|