A gorgeous sunny day marked a hike with the art students at the Palmer Arts Council Summer Arts Program for a day of sketching in the field. An energetic group of budding artists followed me up the steep trail to the top of the Palmer Butte. Clutching sketch books, back packs, and cameras we hiked, climbed, and scrambled over the steep trail finding the beautiful treasures of nature to sketch.
One adorable little boy commented that he didn’t want to be rude, but he was amazed that I could climb that trail. He’s got a lot to learn about the senior citizens of today 🙂 We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day, the usually wind blown summit was calm and clear.
We spent about four hours learning about light and shadow, composing a scene, exploring depth, discerning the shapes of leaves and flowers, and I know I enjoyed the class as much as the students! Happy painting everyone!
Gail Niebrugge, Alaska painter