I always remember someone at the local fiber guild saying “we don’t want quilters in this group, they have their own group”. I felt pretty miffed at the time, but there is a tendency when you’re into something as big as quilting to be quite homogenous and homoartistic in your contacts and colleagues. I think it does us no good, however. We don’t learn about art as a whole (I’m always amazed by quilters who’ve never heard of very well known painters), and they don’t learn about us. It’s also so much fun to be mixing it up with other –ers! (like paint-ers, and jewel-ers and pott-ers).
So I joined a plein air painting group! One thing I learned is that it’s so lovely to be outside on a cool September morning…something I never do with my sewing machine! especially not in the middle of a field of sunflowers…how many of you have dragged a machine into a field??? not many, I’ll be bound!
And here we are staking out our patches, most people crouched under the big oak tree for shade…
Some “old timers” bring truck loads of gear! These painters can be worse than quilters!! I’ll never forget Violet and Connie (veteran workshop takers) dragging in about 100 large bags of fabric for the Nancy Crow class at Arrowmont! (and that was before NC required it!!).
some like to stand up…some prefer
the comfort of a folding chair…
critique time!!One nice thing about painting is you can get from the blank paper to the critique in the space of a morning….this poor lady did not know I was going to put a photo of her bottom on the internet!! Beware if I’m behind you taking pictures!!
And this was my picture…I incorporated several different views into one, something I’ve been trying to do with the quilt designs too so this was a great exercise in composition and design.
and then of course there’s the post critique refreshment at the local hostelry!! These plein air painters have it all worked out! There IS a lot to be learned from joining an all medium art group!!!
If you have been, thanks for reading! I look forward to meeting some of you in a field one day!! And please do write with stories of fraternization!! Elizabeth