For the past few years I have attended a paint out in July at Lakeside, Ohio. The paintout usually lasts 2-3 days and there is a wet paint sale on Sunday, which coincides with the annual Lakeside Wooden Boat show. I love going to this picturesque little community to paint because there are flowers and flags surrounding all the quaint cottages and it's like taking a step back in time to the 1950's. I entered a poster contest sponsored by the Lakeside Association in February and I found out last week that I had won. The premise was to create a painting that "captures the excitement and activity of the event." The painting will be featured on promotional materials they use to advertise the event. So that is exciting news and maybe having my signature piece on some posters will help me sell more paintings! It's worth a try anyway.
This is a studio painting, done from a series of photographs. The colors are accurate because I have painted outside enough to know what they really look like, as opposed to how they look in a photo (blue and a bit dull). You may be wondering if it was really necessary to put myself right there in the center of the painting. To this I answer, "NO!" But it was the only place left after I put in all the other interesting painters I wanted to include. :)