Plein-air pen and wash on paper

Grant Prix d’Art in Qualicum Beach.

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Every year in the summer, The Old School House Arts Centre (TOSH) hosts a plein air paint-out event, which is great fun and draws a lot of participants. We have been going there for about 20 years and again this year. As usual for this time of the year, the weather was beautiful and the attendance was in the upper 30’s.

In this event painters of all levels of experience and mediums are assigned a spot in the picturesque town of Qualicum Beach to produce a painting in 3 hours time. There is no shortage of spectators and your painting activity is scrutinized by the locals and the many tourists  that are visiting this town. Upon completion, paintings are framed and returned to TOSH for exhibiting and judging.

I was assigned a spot at the museum to make this painting.


Qualicum Beach Museum

The smaller building originates from the 1920’s when it was used as a powerhouse. I suspect that the diagonal steel bracing lacing the brickwork was intended to mitigate structural damage in the event if an earthquake. The larger building houses an interesting paleontology exhibit.

Post Script : every year TOSH produces a calendar using the pictures from the plein air event; this one was used for the month of March 2017.



Author: John Hofman

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