From the hotel, walking to painting sites according to personal preference.
In the motel breakfast room, choose what you like from the breakfast buffet that offers a daily hot dish such as eggs, pancakes, or French toast as well as hot/cold cereals, fresh fruit, yogurt, and assorted pastries and fresh breads plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
We’ll gather in the motel conference room for a presentation by Nancy Richards West and demonstration of marsh painting. After moving to Chincoteague Island, Nancy drew upon her experiences in painting portraits and applied it to painting wildlife and landscapes. Next, we will walk from the motel into the adjoining field with its vistas of the marsh, Assateague Channel, and Lighthouse. Nancy will lead us in applying her techniques, focusing on three distinct areas: painting directly from nature, still life compositions using mounted birds and historical artifacts, and from photographs showing the magic and power of the beach and ocean.
Returning to the motel conference room, we’ll have boxed lunches.
We will head back out to the marsh with Nancy and continue our “en plein air” painting under her supervision. Plein air — French for outside — refers to painting outdoors in natural light, popularized by several mid-19th-century schools of art, including the Hudson River School and French Impressionists.
We will board the bus and ride to a local restaurant for a plated dinner with beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages are available for purchase.
We’ll be joined by another professional artist, Dan Thomas, who will give us instruction on techniques for watercolors and pastels.