Friday, February 8, 2013

A great paint out at the Arboretum

Temperatures dropped down into the 30s overnight, the day before our paint out. Those hardy souls who showed up at the 8:30 arrival time had on warm coats, hats, gloves, even long johns!  But the sun was out, and light was crisp and glorious. Most folks spent a little time first walking around, looking for good places to set up, taking some reference photos for future opportunities.

The Arboretum has a small central pond with a walking trail that encircles it, and for people interested in painting a water view there were lots of great spots to set up along the edge.

Some of us jumped in right away and began painting. Others took a little more time to see what the rest of the group was up to before finding their own perfect spot for painting.

Some chose to paint while standing, others found it more comfortable to sit down, but we all had our own styles and equipment for painting.

As the sun rose higher and warmed the area, and it became more comfortable, gloves were shed, and jackets unfastened and even removed. By the time we all met for lunch at noontime we all agreed that once again we had lucked out for an almost perfect day for painting. We had 14 FCPS members attend, and it was great to have so many of us together. We hope for an even bigger turnout for our upcoming meeting in March - Saturday the 2nd at Jackonville's Reddi Arts, 10 AM until noon, with more details to follow in a later blog post. But put it on your calendars now!

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