Noordhoek Plein Air Festival Archives - Linda Howe-Ely

Noordhoek Plein Air Festival 7 April

I was invited to take part in the Noordhoek Plein Air Festival, held for the first time this year.

Noordhoek is a rustic and attractive part of the Cape so is an ideal place to paint outdoors. Over 50 artists took park and spent Saturday painting all over Noordhoek. I started off with a sketch of the beach.

It started getting a bit hot at the beach so I moved on to the common, which has lots of shady trees. I found a nice spot with a path leading through the trees and settled down to do my second sketch. Lots of people wandered past looking at at what all the artists were doing, others were picnicking or playing cricket on the grass so there was a nice atmosphere.

One of the picnickers was Joanna who was there with her son. They looked so nice sitting in a patch of sun on the green grass so I started sketching them.

I had had enough sketching by then so packed up. I mounted my sketches and took them to the Noordhoek Farm Village where the auction was being held. All the works were arranged on easels and numbered. Everything was very well organised.

My first sketch, of the beach, went to the highest bidder, but there was not enough time to sell artists’ second or third works. Joanna was keen to buy the sketch of herself and her son, so she bought that one.

All in all a great day out!

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