|Patrick Saunders started the festival with this painting for a quick paint, and "Missouri Foundations" (oil on panel, 12"x16") won First Place that night|
I started the festival being enamored with this vintage sign in Defiance.
Patrick Saunders also taught a painting workshop at Augusta to a full house - they had to cut the class off at 20 people. Mary Ann Virant was kind enough to allow the workshop to be held on her beautiful vineyard property. Her dog Moxie stole the whole show that day, trying to get everyone to stop wasting their time painting and throw her favorite stick (log) or frisbee for her instead.
|Moxie waiting for Patrick to stop talking and play fetch with her|
|Seriously, this qualifies more as a log than a stick, and if you weren't strong enough to throw it far enough to suit Moxie, she'd move on to someone who could|
|Group shot of the class at the end of a fruitful and beautiful day|
Patrick and I then spent a morning at a barn on Church street in Augusta that we won't soon forget. We got up early so we could be there to see the sun come up. Patrick decided to paint the barn backlit by the sunrise, and I photographed the warm orange play of light across the front of the barn as the sun rose. It was a peaceful morning spent lost in doing what we love. These are the moments we live for now. Having more time to get and stay lost in the act of creation is one of the best parts of our current lifestyle.
|Patrick painting the back of the barn|
|My photograph of sunrise on the front of the barn - you can just see the white top of Patrick's painting board in the left hand corner behind the barn|
|Anyone need a gently used hay baler?|
|It's hard to discern in the photo, but an old fabric rag hanging off of what might have been a table of sorts had such strong and beautiful light on it in this moment that I had to try to capture it|
|"Good Morning, Church Road" (oil on panel, 14"x18") by Patrick Saunders|
We then spent a sunset in Femme Osage, where Patrick did a quick study of a creek bed that he decided he didn't love, while I wandered around the church and cemetery grounds.
Festival officials asked Patrick to stop by local morning television show Great Day St. Louis on KMOV to talk about the event, and you can watch his interview with Laura Hettiger here.
|Patrick with some of his paintings before the interview|
|A public demonstration painting Patrick did during the festival|
We got up before dawn on one of the last days of the festival for a quick paint at the Frisella Nursery, and just before Defiance we saw this sight and decided to stop and photograph it. The sun was just coming up and there was a thick fog resting on the field. The lone distant tree shrouded by fog struck us both, so I tried to capture it, but my photo didn't really do the moment justice.
|A Red Rouge Hibiscus Flower at Frisella Nursery|
|How cute are these owl sculptures at Frisella Nursery?|
We really enjoyed our time in the Augusta area - so much to see and do and try to capture.