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The 7th annual Art in the Open painting festival in Wexford, Ireland, is offering 7 nights in a 4* hotel to take part in our week-long plein air event: July 28th until August 4th 2014.

Art in the Open is an open event with 200 artists with many from continental Europe, UK, USA and Ireland. Over 7 days they travel to a variety of locations in the irish countryside painting castles, farms, villages, harbours beaches and market towns. And there are social events and workshops with several outstanding artists and an exhibition with awards at the end of the week.

To win your hotel stay, you must be a member of or and post 3 images of your plein air work here to this forum thread or the Plein Air Artists site equivalent. Cost of travel, food, registration and any other expenses will be borne by the winner.

Your 3 images must be your own work, painted en plein air with titles, medium and sizes given and each artist may enter only once, whether on PLEIN AIR ARTISTS or PLEIN EIRE website. Judging will be by AITO committee and guest adjudicator Don Maier. Deadline for entries is midnight on St Patrick's Day, 17th March 2014 with winner announced by the end of March.

Good luck to everyone!

A shortlist based on your entries together with those on the Plein Eire website was selected and the winner  drawn from that group.

The winner of the Art in the Open 2014 hotel prize is Jean Davidwho wins 7 nights accommodation at White's Hotel, Wexford, to take part in Ireland's plein air painting festival.

Remember, everyone is welcome to attend and links to various accommodation options can be found on the festival website: 

Congratulations to Jean and thanks to everyone who entered.

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My name is Julian Lovegrove from Broadstairs in Kent UK.

Here is my first image:

This is a view of farmland near the village of Wingham in Kent. You can just see the spire of Wingham church in the left distance. I sat and painted this on a hot day last summer.

Title: Fields near Wingham

Medium: Watercolur

Size: 345mm wide x 240mm high

Image 2                                                                                                  

This is Kingsgate Bay in east Kent where I live, painted from the top of the steps leading down to the beach.

Title: Dog walkers at Kingsgate Bay

Medium: Watercolour

Size:345mm wide x 240mm high



 This is a view of some Oast houses, a typical Kentish feature. these are at Chislet.

Title: Oasts at Chislet

Medium: Watercolur

Size: 345mm wide x 240mm high                                     

SM Botstein, here, living in Chapel Hill, NC, USA. 

Image One:  "Postcard From Maine", o/c, linen panel, 12"x16"

Image Two:  "Lowell Farm, o/c, linen panel, 12"x16"

Image Three:  "Approaching Storm:, o/c stretched linen, 18"x24"


Thanks Julian, Dot and SM. You are all 'in the hat'!

Oops - my third entry's title should be "Approaching Storm, Taos". (Not 'home') -
SM Botstein

This was a simple gated steps in Penn. Seemed like a nice intimate scene

Image 2 was a view looking up at St Marys in Annapolis

Image 3 is Hook Head on a sunny day in July


There are just 2 weeks to go for this competiton for 7 nights in a 4-star hotel to take part in Ireland's foremost plein air event.

Click on the link to take a look at the hotel. Prize is worth over $900. You can upgrade to a twin room for just a little extra and bring a friend.

Closing date March 17th (St. Patrick's Day!) Don't miss it!

Watercolour Pencil.  This was painted on 1st March 2014 on a very windy and cold day, in the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin.  I'd been at a meeting, so I wasn't properly wrapped up and I was frozen by the time I'd finished.

Powerscourt Estate Gardens. Oil on Canvas.   December 2013.  This was painted with the Dublin Plein Eire group.  This is the first time I've painted right throughout the year.  I've enjoyed it greatly.

Geraniums, Beaulieu House, Drogheda.  31st August 2014.  Oil on Canvas.

This was painted with the Boyne Valley Plein Eire group.  Such a beautiful place.  I could paint there for a year or years.

Please put me in the "hat" for the prize.


Just a week to go until the deadline....! 

Although this one looks like a summers day, it was painted alla prima in sweet donegal on the 29th of last december , with bitterly  cold winds blowing a gale force.heavy rocks kept my palette and easel from blowing over.its oil on board, 8"x10".an attempt at capturing the force of the sea.

the second one is one of my favourite places in co meath"The hill of Tara " , that offers panorama views of 360° usually best seen in the winter months, where gray skys teeming with heavy rain laden clouds ready to spill over are an every day occurence.its oil on wood panel, and measures 12"x12".

The third image .....was painted on holiday again plein air.It was hard to find shelter from the scorching suns rays....its oil on canvas, measuring approx 12"x14"


Edit and delete.  Then re-post the right way up.  To get three pictures on this thread I made three posts.


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