On the Water: Acrylic on Canvas

I am excited to invite everyone to the Silent Art Auction and Gala event in Cary, NC Friday June 9th from 6:00pm – 8:30pm. The Auction features plein air paintings that were created by numerous artists during the ‘Paint the Town’ event in Cary on May 6th. This was my first plein air event, and I chose to paint at Bond Park where there were numerous wooded and water scenes to chose from.

Painting in the outdoors definitely comes with some challenges, and this was a great learning experience for me.  It turned out to be a fairly cold day for May, which was both good and bad.  On one hand, hot weather is tough on acrylic paint and can make it dry up and get sticky and hard to work with, so I was pleased to see the cooler temperatures in the forecast.  On the other hand, it was very windy and ended up being a lot colder then I had anticipated (especially on the water).  I was pretty chilled by the time that I finished up for the day.

All paintings needed to be completed entirely during that day, so this was a break from my normal process of working on each piece over several days.  I was able to complete two paintings during the event which will be available on the silent auction.  One piece (Bond Park Path) features a path through the woods, and the other is a scene from the lake (On the Water).

Friday, June 9, 2017 | 6-8:30 p.m.
6-8:15 p.m. Silent Art Auction
7-8:30 p.m. Gala with live music, dancing and refreshments
8:30 p.m. Juried Awards
Free and open to the public

Address: 101 Dry Ave, Cary, NC 27511

Mark your calendar for the grand finale of the en plein air Paint the Town event: the Silent Auction & Gala at the Cary Arts Center.

Cast a ballot for your favorite painting for the People’s Choice Award. If you find a painting that you would like to take home, you may participate in the silent auction from 7-8:15 p.m. View the paintings.

Enjoy live music and dancing at the Gala from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available. The cash bar is optional.

First and second place, and the People’s Choice award, as well as the silent auction bid winners will be announced at the end of the Gala.  View the invitation.