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I Remember Summer and…a 1934 Burgundy Ford

It was in part shade, part sun …

A quiet corner of the big event…

What a personality! And I could park myself in the deep shade where it was a bit cooler… 

….to sketch and paint this little beauty…imagine on a day like today, almost winter… I was looking for a cool spot !  Nice thought isn’t it ?! 

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Music, Summer & Cars

When I go out to paint I never know what I am going to run into.  The weather sometimes can be predictable but everything else is up to the universe…

As artist in residence at the Parsons Semminary Museum’s “Par Sem Day” I had a perfect summer day, big crowds, and many cars to paint…

What a situation !  Had to make my way through hundreds of perfect models and just pick one to start with.  I went for the early 1900’s class and settled in the deep shade with a blue grass band serenading me. Excellent spot! 

I usually paint standing up at my easel.  In this crowded throng I found it easier to be sitting.  I was lower than eye level.  Everyone got quiet as they got near me…    

…or didn’t even notice me…which was totally fine with me, I could concentrate without interruptions. I was doing these fast.    

I only had a few hours. So I hustled and averaged 1- 1.5  hours per sketch. 

1922 Tan Ford, 6×12 watercolor on Rives BFK.

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Antique Cars in Plein Air at Par Sem

I was invited to be the artist-in-residence at an antique car show for a museum in Maine. What a delight!  The Parsonsfield Seminary Museum is a treasure.   The place is sublime.
The museum grounds were packed.  It was a perfect summer day. 
Antique cars arrived from everywhere.

The lawns filled with all kinds of cars…

And trucks!

The deep cool shade of the old maples was fully appreciated by the visitors.
The cars of the sixties are very popular among collectors now. 
Hot rods were fancy and in wild colors.
There were over 150 cars all parked in groups of ten year spans. 
This was a new plein air experience for me.  Wow! I’d never see so many antique cars in one place before.  Which ones to sketch?  It was overwhelming.  How to choose? So many great models . So little time! 

This convertible sparkled in the sunshine.  Did I forget to mention these cars are so clean and shiny they look like mirrors?
Here was the first sketch of the day .  I did it in ink and watercolor.  Fast.  Good lesson, I  knew I needed to the do the next ones in pencil so I could correct lines if needed as I was having to move fast and wasn’t familiar with the different lines and shapes.  Plus onlookers gathered fast, even before I could get started. They were interested and excited.  
Next, I decided to just stop, “park” myself in the shade and get going.  Here’s the setup.  The antique cars had complex shapes and curves. 
Here’s the little 1930’s car I sketched. 
I was sketching just across from  the gazebo where a great band was playing. Live music all day!  Imagine an artist in plein air serenaded all day- it was delightful. 
I sketched this car after the owner came and visited with me while I was painting the sleek convertible on the other side of the campus.  What a sweet car! Such personality. 
I stayed in one spot, just kept turning my chair and sketched next car.

Everyone began to gather for the awards ceremony.  
This car won a blue ribbon! The husband of Wendy Newcomb  is the owner, what a blast!  He knew what I was dealing with painting en plein air.
This was the oldest car at the show.  A 1917 Model T.

In late afternoon the museum campus sits with a few cars left after everyone else has headed home.  The only hint of the big event were a few tire tracks left on the grass.