Artists celebrate eighth Plein Air paint-out

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 09:31 AM.

She describes the artist community that gathers at Plein Air as having a “very strong sense of family.” Not only do these artists come together once a year to paint together, they look forward to seeing one another and appreciate the opportunity to catch up and have lunch.

“It’s a win for all of the artists,” she said.

DeWaard agreed with Erickson’s sentiments.

“Painting is a very solo thing. It’s great to get around others to reconnect and learn from fellow artists.”

When venturing out to paint, Erickson doesn’t have a specific location in mind. What starts off as a trip to Eastpoint may quickly see her detoured to the Apalachicola waterfront painting the afternoon sun as it reflects off the bay.

“I keep an open mind,” said the artist, “I stay open to the emotions of the environment.”

On his first visit to Apalachicola, DeWaard saw a worn down, yellow house that caught his eye.

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