Paint Pictou happened here last Saturday, and the 17 participating artists could not have asked for a better day with blue skies, dazzling sunshine, and pleasant temperatures. Welcome to week 344 (9/14/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. Come along as I introduce you to these lovely folk and the gorgeous paintings they laboured over during this fun event.
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Seventeen painters participated in the Paint Pictou event and painted in numerous locations throughout the waterfront area. Usually, the easels were manned, but sometimes the artist stepped away for a moment or two. Then, as a spectator, I got the pleasure of gawking at the painting from every angle without feeling I was being overly nosey. Each painted two pieces to be auctioned off at the end of the day through a silent auction. Each painter listed the minimum sale price and those who wanted to purchase could bid against each other until each bidder hit their limit.
Dawn is relatively new to the painting world and her enthusiasm for having found her talent was contagious. Initially, she didn’t think she was good enough to participate in Paint Pictou but other local painters encouraged her to throw in her brushes. It was her wedding anniversary and her hubby had surprised her with all of the gear you see in the photo. The yacht she was painting was still anchored in the harbour, but of course, moving in circles, so she had taken the photo to keep her creative juices flowing. This was two first of two paintings she would complete and add to the events silence auction. Dawn’s book of completed paintings shows a lot of talent, and it was refreshing to witness her love for her craft.
Nadine Hughes was busy painting a colourful rooster when I wandered by her “studio”.
Believe it or not, Nadine set the opening bid at a mere five dollars. If you’d like to see more of her work, check out Nadine’s Facebook Page, Bluenose Designs.
This was the only male artist I found in my travels around Paint Pictou. I didn’t get his name, but we did chat for quite some time. One of his subjects (a red boat) decided to leave in the middle of his painting session with no warning. That made for a few giggles.
I love the puffy clouds.
Annette Sowers (left) appeared to be the only Paint Pictou abstract artist. I adore the colours. The lady posing with Annette did a great job of picking up the finished pieces to deliver to the silent auction building.
Don’t you love Annette’s cute, polka-dotted, whimsical fish?
I didn’t bid on any of the artwork, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t tempted.
My bid would have gone to …
Or, Annette’s whimsical fish.
This was the second year for Paint Pictou and hopefully, it has become an annual event. Rubbing elbows with these artists was a treat. They were all so friendly and eager to talk to everyone who visited their easels. This was not the first time I have been to an event like this in Nova Scotia. A few years ago I was fortunate enough to be in the province when the artists invaded Peggy’s Cove for a day. You can read my post here.
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