Each year the Oil Painters of America, a national organization for artists that paint in a representational style with oils, hosts Paint Outs all over the United States. As a member I had the wonderful opportunity to attend an OPA sponsored paint out in Denmark, Wisconsin last fall. Our host, Molly Johnson, owner of the Academy of Fine Art in Denmark, was very gracious and welcoming. It was a cold and rainy day and we would run in and out to get warm and dry off in front of the big fire in an oversized wood stove she had in the comefy lounging area for the artists.
I painted on the front porch of her house, to keep out of the rain, and her adorable cats kept me company as I rendered the porch swing, all surrounded with beautiful bushes in all of their autumnal splendor, unto my canvas.