Willmore Lodge at Lake of the Ozarks is a cherished landmark built as a retreat for Union Electric executives as the Lake of the Ozarks was nearing completion in the 1930's. Its rustic appearance compliments the area and looks very natural setting on the hillside point of the lake. It has been well maintained and is now the area Chamber of Commerce. There is a small museum illustrated with memorabilia from the construction days of the dam. The view is inspiring...
Last Thursday the Lake Arts Council sponsored a painting event where four local artist came together for a couple of hours of painting while visiting with people.
Steve Hurley, Lynn Phariss, Bob Silverson, and myself set up our easels and worked on a painting as the guests looked on, made comments, and asked questions. We are a diverse group of artists--some working oil and some in acrylics. Some of us do portraits while some do landscapes, and some do more abstract paintings. But they all seemed interesting to the guest that evening. Many people visited the event and many gave great reviews on being allowed to watch the creative process. It was a good event for us--an opportunity to share some of the ways different artists go about creating a painting.
My painting is a commissioned portrait of a rescue dog (people who have rescue dogs seem to love having their pet's portrait painted). I started with a gessoed panel primed in black. I really like painting on surfaces primed in black. Before I set up at the Lodge I drew the image on with a white colored pencil. I have two hours to paint--and talk. My fellow artists set up their easels and squeezed paint. Here are some pictures of everyone with their paintings. Some were close to finishing and others--myself included-- were about half completed. The audience was very interested in the process each of us went through to get our paintings going. They asked many questions.