Writing Process en Plein Air

The 2012 Plein-Air Write-Out took place this last weekend. I love this time spent outdoors in the country, brainstorming for ideas and writing, but also talking with all the artists and writers who participate every year, and who share their creative process and talents. The Write-Out jumpstarts my writing and creativity for the upcoming months.

The Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge is a series of art events featuring the art and literary works of accomplished painters and writers. It’s now in its 8th year.

The center of the event is a five-day Paint-Out and Write-Out where works of art and writing are created at outdoor locations around the Columbia River Gorge—a National Scenic Area and one of the most beautiful areas in the Pacific Northwest. The locations and atmosphere provide inspiration to the artists and writers. The works created during these 5 days are then displayed (including the written works) at the Columbia Center for the Arts, in Hood River, Oregon. The framed artwork is available for purchase. The writing becomes part of an annual online Anthology.

One of the other things I like about this event is talking with other writers and artists about their perceptions–of the location, the event and their work–and their creative process.

More information about the event can be found at www.columbiaarts.org, plus the anthologies for past years. The 2010 anthology, which features my essay, “The Harvest from Earth’s Palette” can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/3atorqg ; and the link for the 2011 anthology, which features my short, short story, “Ghost of a Chance” is here: http://tinyurl.com/3mdl99q .

There are usually about 41 artists and about 15 writers each year who partipicate. Some of the artists’ beautiful work is featured on the Columbia Arts website. The writers who share their talents with us in the anthologies, produce some marvelous, imaginative, fresh writing: poetry, prose, essays, stories.

This years anthology will be available in early October, I believe. I’ve written another short story–my own writing challenge.



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