Thursday, October 28, 2010

Big Cedar Lodge Paint Out

These images are pastels that I did in plein aire at the Big Cedar Lodge Paint Out. It was a great event and the landscape was absolutely wonderful. This was the first year for the Paint Out and the staff at Big Cedar Lodge were up for the challenge.
Big Cedar Lodge is just a little south of Branson, Missouri in the Ozarks. Once you enter the Ozarks, you are surrounded with great painting opportunities everywhere you look. Fall is an especially great time for a painting trip to the Ozarks. The fall color this year was not as vibrant as past years but still stunning.
Big Cedar Lodge offers a variety of activities for all ages. Some of the buildings that have been restored make fantastic painting venues. There are many small ponds that reflect the bounty of fall and beckon you to paint them. There are stone bridges and waterfalls in abundance, not to mention the lake itself.
We stayed in the fishing cabins which face the lake and were a short walk to the water. The cabins were fully equipped with a kitchen so we could save on food. However, the restaurants are definitely worth a trip. We ate a Greek salad at the Truman House which was really nice and well worth it.
I'll post more of the paintings that I painted there later.
Have a great day and go paint the world!