Sunday, June 12, 2011

Mississippi Heat

Summer's heat in Mississippi in the summer is stiffeling. It's technically still spring but its already profoundly humid and hot.

When outside painting I wear a device/ product called Cool Downz which is basically a neck tie that has a gel inside that stays moist and cool. You soak it in water and tie it around your neck to keep you cool. I also wear a lot of sunscreen, a hat and bug spray. I drink bottled water too-  to try and stay cool. But I usually eventually resort to the studio full- time by July.

Artists find refuge inside by July in Mississippi except for a few hardened souls. I 'm a softie. I know very few Mississippi painters who paint daily - dare I say even weekly during July and August summer months.

This month (June) I just did a small painting of our pasture late one afternoon. I gave it to my neighbors who I thought would want it as they came and sat out on their front porch to watch me paint:

We went to Sardis Lake (Redneck Riviera?) the first week of June and although heat indexes got up to over 100 degrees, I managed this little painting one morning:

Both these litlle painting "studies" come INSIDE where they may become larger works finished in my studio.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Plein Air in Mississippi

It's all plein air and we are all independent painters- setting up and painting in Mississippi. If you live in Mississippi hope you will post images here!

Plein Air Show

September 2010 - Gumtree Museum of Art- Tupelo, Mississippi.
Mississippi Painter's Society's Paint the Town Show:
Gumtree Museum of Art photos by Angela Foster

Best in Show-Windshear- Tupelo Airport©2010 Dot Courson, 8x10  Oil (photo by Angela Foster)
Dot Courson's painting, Windshear- Tupelo Airport  won the

"Best in Show"  

Dot Also placed 2nd place ... "B&B Concrete & Co."  

Photo by Angela Foster

Rhonda Grammer painting...Photo by Angela Foster

Photo by Angela Foster

Congrats to Judy Tucci- pastel 1st; 

Rhonda Grammer, watercolor of B&B conceret 3rd place; 

and Bruce Bigelow -Honorable Mention... 

MANY many beautiful works!