– Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today –

Many parts of the United States are already blazing hot, but about 100 painters enjoyed almost perfect weather in the Adirondacks and painted nearly non-stop for a week at the latest Publisher’s Invitational from PleinAir magazine. When is the last time you did that?

Lead Image: PleinAir magazine publisher Eric Rhoads painting at the Publisher’s Invitational Adirondacks Paint-Out

These weren’t commissioned pieces. The artists painted for themselves. They painted to feed their souls, to make great work, to become better painters. All of them were housed in one place, ensuring camaraderie and after-hours fun.

Turner Vinson put together a four-minute video that captures the feeling of painting in the Adirondack Mountains at the Publisher’s Invitational. Click here or on the image to watch it.

A video by Turner Vinson captures the feeling of the Publisher’s Invitational event.
A video by Turner Vinson captures the feeling of the Publisher’s Invitational event.

Hai-Ou Hou, an artist and the founder of the Chesapeake Fine Art Studio school in Stevensville, Maryland, summed up what many participants were saying about the event. “The great thing about it to me is that I don’t have to worry about anything but paint! That’s all I did, was paint,” says Hai-Ou. “I am very busy with work all the time in my studio and can’t really paint much — I mean ‘work work,’ not painting work. I get a little time in the studio, but it’s very hard focusing there with everything going on. But here in this week, I can just focus on painting — no need to plan the trip each day, and no worry about the food and lodging. The locations are awesome, and they are already listed for everyone so they can just go and paint! The week ended with a wonderful party at Eric’s beautiful lakefront home. Thank you, Eric Rhoads, for organizing it.”

For more information on Publisher’s Invitational events, click here.


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