Plein Air Painters of the Bluegrass gathered on June 5 for a Paint Out at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Ottenheim, Ky., where members of Eunice Schlappi's family have attended since it was established in 1886.
I work with Eunice at the Department of Agriculture and she, her mother, and a cousin were kind enough to open the doors and welcome us.
Julia Anne Adams, Peggy Sherry, and Eric Johnson were among the artists able to attend.
An inspired "accident" involved one tombstone that provided a nice contrast against the white siding of the church. I was working away, dabbing it in, when I finally realized it was the burial site of Eunice's grandmother and grandfather. Now that is a nice memory for this painting. Eunice was our host, and her grandparents figure into the spirit of this work.
Below, Eric Johnson chose a farm two doors down to paint. This pro has won a number of national awards and he has been the official artist of the PGA championship at Pinehurst for the past three events. I am amazed at the generous amounts of paint he uses and the colors he achieves. He had a complete work finished in less than two hours.
Peggy Sherry painted one of three murals like the one above for Mama Delvecchio's Pizzeria in nearby Stanford, Ky. Previous owners of this downtown building are descendants of Michaelangelo. Hanging out with pros like Peggy has really helped me raise my game and improve as dramatically this year as any year I have attempted to paint.
A closeup and a different view of the church by Julia Anne Adams. Below is a photo of Peggy (left) and Julia.