My new easel
A few months ago I purchased a Monet French Easel. It has great abilities because all three legs can be adjusted to any type of ground surface. It will adjust to standing or sitting and has a great area to store all the equipment I need. I had great ambitions to go out into the countryside, set it up, and paint landscapes. After all this time, and using it only once on the deck of our Lansing Museum, it mostly took up space in our sunroom.
Finally all of my intentions became a reality on Saturday, Sept. 12, when I was able to set it up along the Three-Mile Creek below the Fourth Street Bridge in Leavenworth.
I was in a nice area call the “Pocket Park.” From 10 to 1:30, I was busy painting and having a wonderful time when along came a group of great jazz musicians who played for about an hour. When they left a young man came with his guitar and played lovely songs for another hour. After that the barbershop quartet came and finished out the third hour.
This was all a part of the scheduling of events for the “First City Festival.” Along the Three-Mile Creek walk several of our Leavenworth County artists were set up for demonstrations. The weather was perfect and everyone had a great time.
Our Saturday started with a pancake breakfast, along with checking out the flea market and the farmers market at Haymarket Square. At the same time a 5K run for women at 8 a.m. and another for men at 9 a.m. was going on. In a nearby location, our artist friends Lynette Hayes and Teresa Cleaves had their own booths set up to show their artwork. Lynette was painting a portrait of her husband as a demonstration, and then switched to a street scene.
This is just a forerunner of what’s to come on from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 10 in Lansing for Autumn in the Grove. I will again have my Monet French Easel set up and will be giving a demonstration for all so see.