ANNAPOLIS – Painters from throughout the mid-Atlantic converged on Annapolis Thursday for the annual “Paint Annapolis” competition.
There were almost three dozen painters in the competition, practicing their craft throughout the city. Some painted the harbor, others painted the State House, and many painted whichever streets or buildings caught their eye.
“There’s treasures here in Annapolis,” said Baltimore artist Kathleen Kotabara. “Everyone has their own choice of subject matter and why, and they pick certain views.”
Painting outdoors, however, proved to be difficult for some painters.
“The light’s changing, so it’s not a controlled environment,” said Rick Casali, of Annapolis. “You have to paint really fast when the sun comes out.”
Still, Casali appreciated the change of scenery.
“This event’s good because it gets me out of the studio and painting different subject matter,” said Casali, who usually works on portraits.
The competition is being held by the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painter’s Association and the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, where the paintings will be on display, and for sale, Sunday. The Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is at 801 Chase St., in Annapolis, and at www.marylandhall.org.