There were about nine Warren Tri-County Art Association members present today, to work on their pastel paintings. I noticed right away that there is plenty of lighting and space to spread supplies out on tables. There are sturdy aluminum easels with clips to hold reference material above the paintings.
The coffee was brewing, and so was the creativity! The atmosphere is welcoming, warm and friendly. Conversations both on and off the art topic are everywhere. Although I have not pursued pastel painting, I immediately felt welcome and right at home in this casual atmosphere.
I found out that some folks stop in on a very regular basis, and others just drop in when they can. There are none of the regular distractions that an aspiring artist has to work around at home, and it certainly feels good to be in the presence of so many like-minded people!
There was a great deal of encouragement and friendly helpful critiques about how to proceed with a piece amongst the different artists. After a few minutes of setting up and chatting, everyone settles into their painting.
I spoke to Sue, who joined the group last February. She was in a craft class at the community center when she bumped into Clare, who encouraged her to join the group. Sue said she never knew she could paint, and to look at the mountain lake painting she is working on you would not even guess she has been at it for only a year!
It is a first come first serve basis, but everyone is more than happy to make room for more. No sign up is needed. Stop in and discover what pastel painting is all about!