Last year I took a drive to Long Beach Island, New Jersey -LBI for short. I entered my first Plein Air Quick Draw and it was a real great experience. I spent the morning painting a scene of the salt marsh behind the LBI Art Foundation with other local artists.
We only had a quick few hours to get our paintings done before we were juried and given feedback. Being with other artists in friendly competition and a stopwatch added energy and speed to process and pushed me to be bold. I used a gessoed board, palette knife and oil paint that day.
This year I joined 35 artist on the island during July and August. I spent afternoons visiting various locations on the island to see, sketch watercolors and jot down observations. At home I took time to create some of my favorite summer scenes using oil paint on stretched canvas.
COVID-19 has made summer quiet and socially distanced. Life on the island was slower than last year. I was drawn to pops of color and vignettes of families enjoying life by the sea despite how different it may seem.
Life is constantly changing. My artwork is as well. I have learned there are many ways to approach either and never be afraid to try new things.