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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Another cold one in Mineral Point

February 10-13th marked the 2nd annual Paint the Point winter plein air event in Mineral Point, WI.  And, just like clockwork, frigid air descended upon the beautiful driftless region of SW Wisconsin. 
Yes, I'm under there somewhere!!! 
Highs were in the single digits, but we painted through it all.  The volunteer committee for Arts Mineral Point found us out in the countryside one day and offered warm apple cider and homemade cookies -- THANK YOU SO MUCH!! 
My roadside safety cone provided a perfect resting spot for a delicious cup of apple cider.
Days often began with breakfast at The Red Rooster, a favorite in Mineral Point.  The early mornings were truly too cold to paint. 
The following images represent some of my painting activity during the four days spent in Mineral Point.  I had a great time revisiting a grand old barn I've painted before.  Spent time listening to hogs squeal while painting sows and boars.  Enjoyed late afternoons along a creek and watched a muskrat make his way through the water to his resting spot.  All these things and the wonderful people you meet make plein air painting a rich experience. 

Need to mention what fun I had with my roommates at the lovely Brewers House Inn.  We had lots of laughs and wonderful conversations.  Grateful for this time away. 
Here are my finished paintings...
"Gib Graber's Girls" 12 x 12, oil

"Meander" oil, 11 x 14

"Day's End on Ferndale Road" oil, 8 x 16

"Centurion" oil, 12 x 12
And, one more thing...a winter plein air painting tip for you all.  This product seems to be effective in keeping hands warm.  Made in the USA and recommended by our son who works at Midwest Mountaineering in Minneapolis.  Give it a try!!

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