I was one of 30 artists that participated this past weekend in Catiri's Art Oasis's "Fresh Paint" competition in the Amana's Iowa. This marked the 9th year for the gallery to sponsor the plein air event.
A couple from St. Charles, IL (Chicago area) snapped this photo of me working away in front of this historic home in Main Amana Iowa Saturday morning.
While I was painting, the couple that live in this home came out to visit and shared the fact this residence has been in the same family since it was constructed (1800"s ? I'm guessing because I didn't write down the date.) The current resident has called this home for 50 years.
My focus was on this lamp post / trellis by the front sidewalk. It tugged at the gardener in my heart....there was an abundance of subject matter to enjoy viewing.
......and the final 10"x 8" Pastel in it's resting place. A couple that happened to be visiting Amana for the first time was strolling around the community and stopped to watch me paint for a few minutes. I shared my business card and wished them well.
Early Sunday morning, they called ...... wanting to purchase the artwork. They were so excited about the event and what I was creating that when they left the area where I was working , they began a quest to find a perfect frame. They found one at the Amana Furniture store. I think that's pretty exciting.......and a perfect match I may add.
It ALWAYS feels good to be appreciated.