|Weigh In, 2015, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches|
There is nothing like having a full week to concentrate on painting—no work, no cooking, shopping, cleaning, no distractions. I love my time at Nimrod Hall art camp. The place is charming, bucolic, quirky and my fellow artists are talented, supportive and fun. Days are spent painting alone or in small groups; some prefer plein aire and some of us like working in studios. We gather for meals in a cerulean blue dining hall, for swimming in an ice cold spring-fed pond, for tubing on the Cowpasture River, for wine and conversation on porches. We are hopeful and happy, dirty and tired, inspired and by week’s end, reassured that we are indeed artists.