Thursday, September 24, 2009

Plein Air Workshop at Barrel Oak

Yesterday's workshop had the best weather ever. A nice breeze blew across the top of the winery deck all day. Although the temperatures got a bit warm, we were cool all through the day and we had a shady spot under the deck awning. As you can see from the photos, we were surrounded by beautiful views in every direction which made it hard for the students to choose the view they would paint. With so much to choose from, all the competeing elements made for a mind boggling decision. This presented the perfect opportunity for me to show them how to focus on one subject after filtering out all the extraneous and unnecessary stuff. After two hours of instruction and independent painting, we went inside for our complimentary wine tasting and then sat down to the gourmet lunches which I prepared the night before. We dinned on a delicious chicken salad with craisins on a bed of bibb lettuces, croisants, olives, fresh strawberries, and a festive Halloween cupcake for desert. It was hard to finish the last two hours of the day after such a nice lunch.
The final workshop at Barrel Oak for this year is on October 8th. Registration and payment must be received no later than Monday October 5th. Mail your registration to P O Box 365 Washington Virginia 22747. Include your phone number and e-mail so that I can confirm your registration and send you directions. You can also call 540-675-3039 to register via phone and credit cards are accepted.

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