– Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today –
Paintings seem to be the perfect medium to capture the models in costume that enliven Kings Landing, a historical settlement in New Brunswick, Canada. From September 16-18, artists can paint on the grounds as part of a special event.
Lead Image: Models in costume dancing at Kings Landing in New Brunswick, Canada
The historical village is located about 20 minutes from Fredericton, and it showcases many of the activities New Brunswick residents of past centuries engaged in, from logging to candle-making. The things the models do change periodically, in part based on season. Lynn Thornton, the events coordinator for Kings Landing, points out that visitors may see anything from the harvest and preparation of buckwheat to the operation of a horse-powered sawmill. During the event, extra activities are planned to provide artists with many potential subjects. There is a lot to paint.
“There will be musicians playing, and animals, horse-drawn wagons, a formal flower garden, vegetable gardens, apple orchards, many buildings — an endless amount of subjects to paint,” says Thornton. “There are dense woods in this area, so people in the 19th century were always chopping wood. This is the second year for the painting event. Last year it was in the summer, and it was hot. But this year it will be in September, and the fall color will be on view, along with garden harvesting and other new activities. Last year we attracted people from Cape Breton and Maine, and this year we’re already hearing from painters from all over. We’ve had twice as many calls as last year, so it will be bigger. The visitors seemed to be really interested in what the painters were doing, and the staff loved it, too.”
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