pictures and words by paul mccall

December 2018
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Plein Air in Southwestern Indiana
Filed under: Plein Air Painting
Posted by: Paul McCall @ 8:09 pm

IPAPA, the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, has held a “paint-out” in New Harmony, IN for the past 8 years. This year was my first time to attend, my attendance of which was unfortunately cut short for business reasons. I think it was shortened to 3 days due to the proximity of Easter this year. Two full days of painting, then a show and competition of paintings done during the paint-out on Saturday.

I got to paint one of the three days. Here are some photos from my trip to the south east corner of the state.
This is the McCleod Barn Abbey, where I stayed. Very nice, economical, neat and clean.

This is what the rooms look like;

(The unmade bed is my fault.)

This the interior of the rooms area;

New Harmony is a tiny town that once hosted two utopian societal experiments in the 1800s, one was very successful, the other not so much. The Harmonists, the successful society, was one of those based on Christ’s second coming and when that didn’t happen on their timetable they decided to sell the town and go back from whence they came. This is the only place I’ve been in recent memory where there is no intrusion of fast food chains, Wal-Marts and other convenient but intrusive elements of modern society. I don’t know how they do it. Keep them out that is! There is a Wal-Mart, I was told, but you have to cross a toll bridge into Illinois and drive about 8 miles to get there!

Anyway, the one day of painting I got to do was in the company of two excellent plein air painters that I have met through the Thursday night Open Model Session at Herron School of Art on the IUPUI campus.

This is Corrine Hull, president of IPAPA as she exchanges friendly greetings with a New Harmony farmer and his farming war machine while we painted near his fields;

Here’s a better shot of Corrine;

She’s working in pastels and doing a beautiful job.

This is Mary Ann Davis, former president and now treasurer of IPAPA;

Unfortunately I didn’t get a better shot of Mary Ann. But you can use this link and go to her site and see her wonderful paintings. You can see my outdoor painting rig just beyond hers.

Here’s a couple of shots of me that Mary Ann took.

Even though I was only able to stay one painting day I really appreciated these two accomplished outdoor artists allowing “the new guy” to tag along and learn from them. Here are my two paintings. The morning effort;

And the afternoon attempt;

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