Monday, May 20, 2013

Fort Ogdan Cottage

Diane Mannion, FORT OGDAN COTTAGE, 8x10" oil on linen, plein air

We were greeted this morning by an enormous slimy, wet, stinky but friendly... bloodhound who bounded around the park like he owned it.  Sharon was almost knocked over when he put his paws on her shoulders. Fortunately he wandered back to wherever he came from and we were able to paint without fear of him marking his territory on our easel legs.  

This cottage was next to the Methodist Church across from a cool and shady park.  Love it when I can paint from the back of my car under the hatchback, even have a cushion for that purpose, all the comforts of home while painting on location.  Supplies, snacks, thermos handy and no need to shlep equipment into the hinterlands.  

Always delightful painting with the Punta Gorda Visual Arts Center Plein Air group!  Sunlight glowed on the Methodist Church while a few artists captured the moment in water colors and oils.  One adventurous artist wandered into a cemetery and captured an angel in her sketchbook.  Another  told stories of what it was like growing up near Fort Ogdan.  Not too far inland from Punta Gorda... we agreed to paint there again.

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