I painted this past Saturday at the Sunday School Assembly in Monteagle, Tennessee, as part of the Trails and Trillium event. The Sunday School Assembly is a historic community of Victorian era summer homes, located at a relatively high elevation, where Nashville residents can escape the summer heat. For this reason, this summer getaway is also known as "The Chautauqua of the South." That Saturday, the weather and location were a magical combination. In the morning and late afternoon, the ornate cottages and gardens were veiled in cool mist, transforming this Tennessee location in to a storybook scene from Victorian England. We painters had to emerge from the misty fantasy by 3:30 pm to prepare for the art show that evening—Wine and Wildflowers. That show was a success, raising $3,600 in paintings sales…in just two hours! Forty-five percent of the proceeds will go toward preservation of the Cumberland State Parks. The painting shown below was part of the show; it depicts one of the vistas in the Cumberland State Parks.
|"Warren Point" - 8x10 - Sold!|
I painted this one 100% plein air. I love when I get finished on the spot and don't have to spend any time touching up!
|"Rhododendrons" - 8x10|
Also 100% plein air. I painted this one on the day of the art sale, during a few hours of partial sunlight that occurred late morning/mid-day.
|Painting an imposing rhododendron shrub, which nearly covered the entire front of a cottage.|
|I'm posing for a sweet lady who passed by and chatted for a bit....she is also an artist, and wanted a picture of me standing in front of the cottage behind me, which was once her summer home.|
|Framing paintings on my trunk. (photo by Claudia Williams)|
|Sunday morning, I went back to the Assembly to take photos. 8:30 am sunlight pours over the rhododendrons.|
Cottage photos from Sunday morning: