As the weather moderates away from what has turned out to be a long and unusually bitter winter in Ottawa, thoughts turn to spring; for artists, plein air painting in warm sunshine comes to mind with each passing day.
Here are a couple of suggestions for you . . . .
With help from others, I will again be organizing the Thursday outdoor painting outings in the Ottawa area for members of the Manotick Art Association, each week, starting in early June. Drop by one day and see what we are all about. See: www.manotickart.ca for details.
But before then, for artists wishing to get away for several days to paint in the company of other artists, Plein Air Ensemble, hosted by artists, Mary Moore and Tom Lillico, have a trip lined up to Maniwaki, QC (approx., one and a half hours drive from Ottawa), May 12th to 15th, 2019.
Plein Air Ensemble, started 30 years ago by myself and two artist friends, organizes trips for artists twice yearly, spring and fall, to locations in Eastern Ontario and Quebec within one to five hours away. Accommodation is in selected lodges with studio space for artists preferring to work indoors. There is no instruction as such; artists are expected to work independently; however, with the number of seasoned artists attending in the majority, (some with teaching experience) there are many opportunities to learn from others.
I look forward to seeing many of my friends and new faces in Maniwaki this spring! Think about joining us.
For inquiries and application forms please see: www.pleinairensemble.ca.
The Art of Charles Spratt