Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival

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There is nothing like getting outdoors into nature for reviving your creative spirit.  And to that end, I wanted to share my paintings of Dexter landmarks from last year’s Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival.  This year’s festival is coming up, and I’m planning to participate again.  With kids in tow, of course, since I enjoy a challenge.  I think Toby will have fun painting — that’s what he did last year; and maybe Zack will nap, since that’s what newborns do so much of the time.

Anyways, here is the first painting from my first Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival.  It’s of downtown Dexter’s clock on Main Street.  I enjoyed painting this piece with watercolor paints “en plein air” (that’s French for in open air).  I have to admit, I was a little flattered when passersby stopped to converse with me and sneak a peek at my work of art in progress.  I spent several hours on this piece over the course of two days.

"Dexter's Clock" - watercolor on 9"x12" cold-pressed paper
“Dexter’s Clock” – watercolor on 9″x12″ cold-pressed paper. ($350)

My next painting, also a watercolor, was of Gordon Hall, a historic building in Dexter.  I’ve done numerous portraits here over the years, so picking this site for one of my paintings was a no-brainer.  My older son, Toby, accompanied me on one of the two days I worked on this painting, along with Grandma.  While I painted, we had a picnic meal; Toby also did some painting of his own too.

"Gordon Hall" - watercolor on 12"x9" cold-pressed paper. ($350)
“Gordon Hall” – watercolor on 12″x9″ cold-pressed paper. ($350)

I’m looking forward to this year’s Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival, and plan on continuing the mother-son painting tradition begun last year.  There’s also a sidewalk chalk event for kids this year, which we may attend too.  Here’s a

Here are some pictures — the ones of me are courtesy of my mom, taken on the ever handy cell phone.

For more information about the Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival, visit the Village of Dexter website, or check it out the Paint Dexter Facebook page.

4 Responses

  1. Your paintings turned out wonderful, Betsy! Thank you for sharing your gift with us!

  2. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Tshanina!

  3. Carrie

    Your paintings are beautiful and what a great way to spend the day! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  4. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Carrie! It was a great time for all 🙂