Sunday, December 7, 2014

Happy Holidays

Can you believe this is our *third* annual holiday brunch and still-life paint out? Amazing to see how time has flown, and how far we have come. We woke to heavy fog in the morning, but despite that we had a nice turnout of 22 members who came to the brunch. Between us all we probably contributed enough food to feed 100 more people! What a variety of foods on offer.

Because the food looked so good and was ready to go we didn't waste too much time in trying to get it all set up and ready, and letting people go through the line to fill their plates.

Our President, Lyn, let us all get a fair amount of food under our belts before she called out attention to a brief business meeting about upcoming events for the 2015 year.

On either side of the room we had two still lifes set up - this one of a Scandanavian "Julbock"

and then a couple lovely vases with flowers.

Before painting began however we were all presented with goodie bags! We all got a bunch of Faber-Castell polychromo pastels, courtesy of Faber-Castell who has decided to stop producing open stock pastels and only make them for sets, so was giving away some of their remaining open stock.

We all got a nice variety of colors to play with and to add to our existing pastels. Once we finally finished eating we all had a chance to then sit down and paint from one of the still life setups available to us. Following are some of the paintings produced by the group, all in various levels of completion of course. We had about two hours to work, and of course it was all for fun to share the morning with our fellow pastelists.

That's it until out 2015 kick-off meeting on January 3rd. In the meantime I hope you all have Happy Holidays and a lovely New Year. See you soon!

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