Kids, pets, and beautiful things

When yet another long-anticipated trip was cancelled this summer, a number of my art colleagues and I went virtual with an event called Plein Air Live—something of an oxymoron, since many of the presentations were to be broadcast “live” but online. Yet it was a surprisingly good alternative to painting on location in the open air as we shared information about plein air painting in a variety of different media.

Instead of gathering in person to share our love of art and to bolster our painting skills by encouraging one another, we gathered online, from around the world, through the blessing of technology.

This event, conceived and pulled together by Streamline Publishing, was a wonderful substitute for cancelled conferences and similar long-distance painting excursions. It clearly illustrated that, whatever our backgrounds, wherever we’re from, human interests are similar around the world.

As one of my followers said, when asked what kinds of images appealed to her, “Kids, pets, and beautiful things.” We all similarly seem to want a sense of family, of belonging, of emotional support, and aesthetic appreciation.

"The Shepherd" by Charlotte Mertz (10"x14" watercolor #070603w)

“The Shepherd” by Charlotte Mertz (10″x14″ watercolor #070603w)

So “Beautiful Things” is the theme for my Facebook posts for August.  You may even spot a few kids and critters along the way.

I encourage you to reply to my posts with your own images of kids, pets, and beautiful things (you don’t have to stick to my theme!) and tell us something about them. They may be photos or your own artwork. Or simply comment about what these images say to you. The more you add, the more others will be able to enjoy! So please be generous. We all love beautiful things! And you may wind up providing the theme idea for an upcoming month.

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