So in spite of the cloudy cool weather, we spent the morning riding the tram to the barn area and sketched a barn property and took numerous photos to paint future paintings. Then we went back in to warm up with hot coffee and tea , took a tour of some of the rooms in the house, ate lunch and then hopped on the tram to do more painting and sketching. I finished a watercolor and Jim worked on a colored pencil study. The sun finally broke through and it warmed up so we ended the day on a high note. For more information on Winterthur go here--http://www.winterthur.org/
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Winterthur Plein Air
On April 17th, a friend of mine Jim Evans and I went to Winterthur to sketch and paint plein air, which means being out side "in the air"-- painting in front of your subject. Winterthur is the estate of Henry DuPont that is now a museum with 175 rooms and each one has furniture and everything you could imagine. Well, instead of painting inside, we rode the tram throughout the grounds to select a place to paint. We visited the dairy barns, the beef barns, the magnolia and flower gardens. We selected the barn area. Back in the 1800's, when they bought 15 farms in this area to form this property, they kept the houses and barns preserving the feel for the farm country.