Quick Report on a Long Trail
What a beautifully packed summer. There has been little time to be on the computer (yay), but now I am paying the price. Here are a few highlights since my last travel report from Ukraine in April.
I flew to Utah for the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition and Conference. It had been several years since I had attended, and it was super! OPA knows how to put on a great event. The trick is to have some fun while retaining the dignity our work as artists so deserves. Theirs is an excellent balance, and I plan on going to another one as soon as I can.
It was a huge honor to be the judge for the Quick Draw at this year’s conference.
Flight and midnight arrival to Panama City, Florida. Plein air South’s paint-out day began the next morning at 9:00AM in Port St. Joe, Florida. It was so wonderful to be back again. My heart and soul are in this place. As you may recall, hurricane Michael practically wiped everything off the map in this area in October of 2018. Our gathering for Plein air South was filled with spirit. No signs of “we are victims,” or “we survived.” Instead the spirit of “we got this.” If you ever have a chance to visit this area, I hope you will. It is truly old Florida at its best.
Sicilia, here we come! Mark and I flew to Sicily for a huge adventure. Mark rarely gets to travel with me, but if Italy is involved, he certainly tries his best to get the time off from work. People ask me if he is Italian. By DNA? No. His attachment is much deeper than any bloodline. It IS his soul.
Our base in Sicily is Salinara. Adriano, Yumi, Shan, and Shashinka do everything possible to give their guests an authentic Sicilian experience.
The first week was an advanced workshop with long-time students, friends, and guests. The second week more painting and exploring with friends. The final day and a half were reserved for Mark and me to explore the small town of Vizzini.
Mark flew home and I flew to England to teach for Rosemary & Co. Brushes. This year, Symi Jackson made arrangements for us to go to the Yorkshire Coast. I have wanted for years to see and paint Staithes and Runswick Bay. Our time there did not disappoint! The weather was absolutely stunning. I was fortunate to stay in the historic Laura Knight Studio.
HOME! On June 11 I returned home for an entire week. Ahhhhh…
Gloucester, Mass. My time in the Gloucester area was packed and short. Still exhausted from the previous trips, it is as if I flew in, taught, flew home, and barely remember much of it. The organizer had accidentally allowed way too many people in the workshop. To help make up for the mistake, I skipped lunches, added extra hours, and basically did all I could to give the participants their money’s worth. Most evenings I grabbed a quick dinner and went home to rest and get to bed early. My friend Barbara Levine and I shared a cute cottage, and she was ever-so-understanding that I needed the down time. Some day I hope to get back up to the area and truly enjoy its beauty.
June 22 and home again. After catching up with my mentoring participants and some much-needed computer work, Mark and I finally took our short trip to Pasadena to meet our new grand baby! Clementine was born while I was out of the country, so we decided to wait until both of us could make the trip to go meet her. What a little sweetheart she is, and her big sister Ella is always a delight.
Sad to say good-bye to our two granddaughters and Derek and Bre… moving on.
As an alumnus of Easton Plein air Painting Festival, I was invited to come as a representative for the event. Part of the gig was painting all day (how tough), allowing this year’s competing artists to focus on creating an award-winning work of art. The second responsibility was being part of Coffee Talk. Here is a link to the conversation which was posted live on Facebook. Coffee Talk with Beth Bathe, Lori Putnam, and Kirk McBride.
Below is a little slide show of some of the paintings created during these trips. Please contact support@loriputnam to inquire which may still be available for purchase.
Up next… I spent 3 weeks in Ireland. Look for a post on that soon.