Painting with Craig Reynolds & Gina Brown
My artist friend Craig Reynolds lives in Gadsden, Alabama. He’s lived there his whole life, and has trouble finding things to paint. If you’ve ever been to Gadsden, you know that it’s a beautiful place set on the Coosa River, and there is a potential painting around every corner. As it turned out, the place in the image above was one he hadn’t painted, and finally did. And I got to paint it with him.
I met Craig when I was invited to participate in the Southeastern Plein Air Invitational in 2011. We actually met face-to-face and became better acquainted when I arrived in Gadsden, Alabama for the week-long paint-out. Craig sort of took me under his wing, showed me around Gadsden, and encouraged me when I didn’t feel like I was painting well that week. Our friendship continued online after that.
So when Nell and I hit the road, a stop in Gadsden was a “must do” part of the itinerary.
We arrived in Gadsden on Tuesday, and met Craig and his wife Estra for dinner that evening.
On Wednesday morning, Craig picked me up at the RV park and we spent the day painting. Nell was contending with a bout of gout, and spent the day taking it easy. I had met Gina Brown online the same time I met Craig, and we became friends also. Gina lives in the Gadsden area, and came out to paint with us.
On Thursday, Craig and I painted a dairy farm from across the road.
In the afternoon, we met Gina at a farm owned by Robert and Sandra Lasseter.
As soon as I saw this old house by the driveway, I knew I had to paint it. I spent long enough on it to get a sunburn, but not enough to do what I wanted. I’ve got a little work to do on it as soon as we settle for a while.
I don’t know whether my plein air work is improving or not. I think it probably is. But it really doesn’t matter. Meeting up and painting with friends have been some of the highlights of the past few months.
Here are the pieces I did outdoors while in Gadsden: