From Sunday, October 4 to Wednesday, October 7, I stayed at Shapleigh Bunkhouse at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center in Crawford Notch, New Hampshire. Crawford Notch is in the middle of the White Mountains. Each morning and afternoon I spent time with a few other painters outside doing plein air watercolor paintings. We painted at five different locations during the three days we spent working. Michael Vermette organized our time and provided us with helpful feedback and support while we were painting and at the end of each day. We ate our meals together in the dining room of the Highland Center and we gathered together each evening to talk about our day and our work.
Working with other artists helps me to stay focused and motivates me to take the time to do this amazing and wonderful work of painting. Being outside is what gives me the inspiration to look carefully at what surrounds me and to pay attention to the colors and compositions that I see.