Paint the Town will draw artists and art lovers to Marble Falls on April 9-11

Jimmy Longacre adds the colors to a blocked-in painting he made of the bridge at Backbone Creek in Johnson Park during last year’s Paint the Town.

FROM STAFF REPORTS

MARBLE FALLS — Ladies and gentlemen, are you ready to paint?

Well, if so, you need to check out the 2015 Paint the Town Plein Air Competition and Art Auction on April 9-11. The event draws (pun intended) artists from across the Highland Lakes and Texas.

The format is simple. The artists (after they register, of course) set up their easels and canvases somewhere around Marble Falls and then paint the scenes they see before them. Plein air actually means “in the open air,” so the artists set up outside to paint instead of in a studio.

This form has a strong following among artists and art lovers.

Jimmy Longacre adds the colors to a blocked-in painting he made of the bridge at Backbone Creek in Johnson Park during last year’s Paint the Town.
Jimmy Longacre adds the colors to a blocked-in painting he made of the bridge at Backbone Creek in Johnson Park during last year’s Paint the Town.

During the competition, artists can work on as many paintings as they want, but they can only enter two in the competition with first place taking $1,000. They can also enter two of their works in the live auction.

As the artists arrive in Marble Falls, people may see them wandering around, scouting sites and locations. Often, a plein air artist will take in a scene at different times of the day so he or she knows how the light plays off the subject. The light can make a world of difference for the artist, and what it looks like at 10 a.m. may be totally different at 5 p.m.

Artists can also exhibit two pieces in the Paint the Town Gallery. This is a great chance for people to check out many different paintings. These don’t necessarily have to be from art created during Paint the Town.

Everybody is welcome to the live auction April 11 in downtown as well.

So for artists and art lovers (or even likers), Marble Falls is the place to be April 9-11.

Go to www.paintthetownmftx.org or call (830) 693-2815 for more information.

editor@thepicayune.com

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