Plein Air Painting Arting Adventure
Arting Adventure | Crowder’s Mountain
Our small group of friends love to create art together! We planned to get
together on this auspicious day, with the express intention of going on
an Arting Adventure!
As a group, we discussed the topic of where we should go and put it to a vote. We eventually decided to go toward King’s Mountain (Exit 5 off of I-85) toward Crowder’s Mountain Boulder Park in NC, which is about a 30 minute drive from Gaffney, SC.
We gathered our materials and supplies and trekked out to the boulders! It
required a little bit of a hike and then opened up into many
outcroppings of rock located hither and thither.
Once we got settled on a group of rocks, we took out our homemade viewfinders and
decided on our composition and the layout (portrait or landscape) of our
artwork. Then, we began the process of trying to capture the lovely
scenery and landscape which mostly consisted of these huge boulders.
I took the opportunity to play with watercolor and a technique called
“snodgrassing” that I learned about from my favorite Nature Journaling
Artist on YouTube, John Muir Laws.
Vera created a beautiful boulder-scape, and her 3 year old son even decided
to join in and do some watercolor paintings with her.
It was Angela’s first time on an Arting Adventure with us and she created a
really nice piece considering it’s only her second watercolor, EVER!
Can you believe that?! She’s a natural!
Stephen was a real adventurer and went exploring quite a bit. He decided to do a
charcoal sketch which focused on the shapes of the rock outcroppings!
We even brought my Yorkie puppy, Toffee, and let her enjoy the outdoors with us!
Special thanks to Vera for providing some of the photos used in this article with her permission!
Let us know what you think about our Plein Air Painting Arting Adventure in the comments below!