“Paint Out” at the Mill of Kintail - theHumm August 2019
“Paint Out” at the Mill of Kintail - theHumm August 2019
By — Lucy Carleton
Imagine painting on the spot in a natural environment. Now, picture the setting as the historic Mill of Kintail Conservation Area just outside Almonte. Artists are invited to choose any location on the site — the shallow, rocky streambed next to the old stone mill, the calm stillness of the mixed forest, or beneath the vine-covered arched windows of the Cloister on the Hill. On August 31, painters can work from 10am to 3pm, capturing the landscape in the changing light. By day’s end, the artists will celebrate their work in the Gatehouse Meeting Centre. Paintings will hang fresh off the easel, in an informal exhibition. Some works may be available for purchase.
Where Did this Idea Come From?
The Mill of Kintail has long been a muse for the creative community in the area. We have numerous renderings of the Mill in our collection — sketches, watercolours and oil paintings. We even have original drawings by Percy Nobbs, the architect hired by Tait McKenzie to restore the Mill. The Montreal firm of Nobbs and Hyde considered the Mill one of their finest examples of adaptive re-use of a heritage building. We’ve since added a few contemporary works to our exhibition on the Mill of Kintail.
What is a Paint Out?
The practice of painting outdoors, or en plein air, really came into fashion in the 1880s with French Impressionists such as Claude Monet, and later on in Canada with Emily Carr and the Group of Seven. Their works were sketches or “impressions,” capturing a moment in time. Today, the “paint out” is considered a way for artists to get out of the isolation of the studio and support each other.
Who Can Come to Paint?
Both amateur and professional artists are welcome. There is no registration fee. Artists are asked to bring their own supplies, a portable easel, a chair and lunch. The paintings will be showcased after 3pm that same day (August 31). The rain date is September 1.
Who Can Come to Watch?
Everyone is invited to stroll through the grounds from artist to artist to witness the creative process. For more information, please contact email@example.com .
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