If you weren’t there, and some of you were, it was a great event. Held at Leatherwood Mountain Resort, an incredibly scenic, horsefilled and hospitable place near Black Mountain, NC, a friendly vibe pervaded. We (www.pap-se.com) held a 3 day workshop but also invited painters in the area to come and paint along. The turnout was really impressive, I’m going to guess that at least 20 artists came to paint in addition to the workshoppers, one came all the way from Wisconson or Minnesota, can’t remember. Many camped but all became part of the artistic camraderie, food and bluegrass music, hence the moniker “Leatherwoodstock”. We’ll do it again probably in the spring because the risk of hurricane fallout is too high in the fall. If you want to see pics of the event you can go to our friends of pap-se site on facebook and look at all the pics that have been uploaded by members and friends who came. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-PAP-SE/119830732030
One of the great events that was set up by Dee Beard Dean was the cowboy quickdraw. I loved the title and couldn’t wait to find out if guns were involved, but no, just a cowboy. We had 2 hours to paint this guy as he sat patiently in the setting sun and he sure looked like the real deal. We made it a competition for the participants of the workshop and the painters who came to join us with fabulous prizes like an easel, canvases and brush holders. I haven’t painted a cowboy before but what the heck, worth a shot. I thought it turned out pretty good and so did the owner who bought it. You know, I’d like to say there’s some trick to getting a good likeness in an alla prima portrait, and I’m sure there is but I don’t know it. I go by this motto, get the drawing right, then paint it. If your drawing is off, all the color in the world won’t save you. I started the drawing on this guy and after about 15 minutes wiped it off and started over.
I also want to personally thank Joe Miller of Cheap Joes art stuff who donated unbeleivalbe amounts of art stuff. 40 sketch pads, a box of 18×24 canvases, a full french easel… the guy went over the top and he is a good man to boot, he also tells a good story. You can check his place out at http://www.cheapjoes.com/. Come join us for the next one.