Plein-air painters from all over North Texas converged on Glen Rose Saturday for the third annual “Paint the Glen” plein-air paint out.
Eighteen artists signed up for the event, which was sponsored by the Somervell History Foundation, Barnard's Mill Art League, Uptown Arts gallery in Granbury and the Methodist Thrift Store volunteers.
Plein-air painter DeBob Jacob from Maypearl set up her easel at Barnard’s Mill and captured the morning light casting shadows on the silo. Other painters chose sites along the Paluxy River, the downtown square and Heritage Park.
At the end of the day, local award-winning artist and plein-air pastel painter Dina Gregory judged the paintings. Jacob won first place for her painting of the mill. Taking second place was Chase Almond of Kennedale; third place, Steve Miller of Grand Prairie; and honorable mentions went to Vickie Guthrie of Glen Rose, Linda Miller of Paluxy and Mary Rabien of Waxahachie.
The paint out culminated in an art sale, reception and display of entries at Barnard's Mill Saturday evening.
Plein-air painting means outdoor painting. During the 19th century, Impressionist painters such as Claude Monet used to paint outdoors frequently. But plein-air painting fell out of favor for a while as galleries preferred to show and sell large paintings done in studios.
However, plein-air painting is enjoying a modern renaissance as artists rediscover the joy and challenge of capturing changes in light and a moment in time, as well as interacting with the scene they’re painting and enjoying the outdoors.
And the 18 artists who participated last weekend found plenty to paint in Glen Rose, which is rapidly becoming an art mecca and a plein-air capital of Texas.