Plein Air Painting | Arting Adventure

Plein Air Painting Arting Adventure - A group of friends hikes into Crowder's Mountain State Park and visits several large outcroppings of boulders, using them as the subject of their artworks.

Plein Air Painting Arting Adventure

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.

Arting Adventure

Artists at work

Arting Adventure

Artists at work!

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.

Crowder's Mountain Boulder Park Plein Air Painting

Amanda’s Watercolor Painting – Arting Adventure

Vera created a beautiful boulder-scape, and her 3 year old son even decided
to join in and do some watercolor paintings with her.

Crowder's Mountain Boulder Park Plein Air Painting

Vera’s Watercolor Painting

Crowder's Mountain Boulder Park Plein Air Painting

Eli’s Watercolor Painting

Vera's children enjoying our Arting Adventure

Vera’s children enjoying our Arting Adventure

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!

Crowder's Mountain Boulder Park Plein Air Painting

Angela’s Watercolor Painting

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!

Crowder's Mountain Boulder Park Plein Air Charcoal Drawing

Stephen’s Charcoal Sketch

We even brought my Yorkie puppy, Toffee, and let her enjoy the outdoors with us!

“Toffee,” my Yorkie

Special thanks to Vera for providing some of the photos used in this article with her permission!

-Amanda

Let us know what you think about our Plein Air Painting Arting Adventure in the comments below!

1 Comment
  1. Let’s go on another Arting Adventure! @artzy-angelz @lilpaintshoppe @mandakyns

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