Door County Plein Air in photos 2014

Mark Boedges paints south of Egg Harbor …. Shelby Keefe in the fields at Seaquest orchards

You have got to love Matt Barber Kennedy and his style!  … just love this!
at the sunset paint out Wednesday night. Everyone else had their sights set on the harbor, bay and sunset… he found a flagpole… high up in the air! 

Gay Falkenberry in a private garden in Ellison Bay.

Anderson barn, wind, waves and bugs… folks taking shelter!

Below are views of the quick paint in Fish Creek.  Everything you see was created in only 2 hours with a lively auction to follow! SO fun!

Matt gets my pick for most original again… I think he could have sold this painting 1000 times!
so original… the "Fish Creek Market sign".

James Richards and Mitch Baird with land and water. What a delight to see.  The week was amazing as always! 

Mitch dealing with the gnats… painting at Anderson Barn and Museum… along the road in Ephraim.

Stephanie Hartshorn's work … LOVE!

So happy to have met Stephanie Hartshorn… She is such a delight! Her fresh style is wonderful!
selfies… at the school of art during the final evening of the event.

Door County Gardens and Paintings of Hollyhocks.

Gay painting in the garden

Tom Nachreiner... painting at the beach/dock in Egg Harbor.

A work in progress
My attempt at the Summertime Restaurant in Downtown Fish Creek during the Quick paint where folks like me get to try our hand! 

Miss Mabel, our little vintage camper… was my home away from home during the Door County Plein Air Fest.  I spent a week at the Fish Creek Campground! What a great place!

A shout out to  Mac Ready Artisan Bread Company… for allowing me to eat there daily! Their Door County Chicken Salad on their fresh made daily Artisan bread is so delish!

 If you are a lover of art and if you enjoy watching and creating paintings in all medium… I encourage you to head to the Door County Plein Air Fest next year! Look for me.. I will be there!

my palette… the end.

A Rustic Bridal Shower in the Garden

Gathering under the August skies.

Adding a single mop head hydrangea to a simple ball jar.  Our theme for the day and for the rustic wedding will be Burlap and Lace.

A simple basket placed aside the favors is filled with pre addressed wedding invitations.  Guests can bring their invitation home and the bride and groom save on postage.  Twisted pines grace the table (the name of the future bride and grooms lovely home).  Handmade pumpkin spice soaps, made and decorated by the grooms mother and little tags painted by opendoorstudio, rest on a tiered silver stand.

A hand embroidered burlap runner is adorned by the "Twisted Pines".  The bride and grooms initials and wedding date have also been incorporated.  The archway was covered in lace and burlap for a
romantic and rustic feel.

The bar was set including refreshments for all who attended, Fresh cucumber water, home made sangria and spiced tea are served in glass pitchers.

The garden blooms were plenty for the shower day.

Guests arrived through the secret garden arbor, while the old wolf dress form was the perfect fit for the grooms mothers 1979 wedding gown.

Reclaimed tables and chairs were clothed in ecru cloths with a burlap rectangle on top.  Glass plates were created with lace accents on the bottom.  Atop the plates sat a simple ball jar with a single stem hydrangea.  Simplicity ruled the day.  The white tent was the perfect space for the bride and groom to gather.
The table was set to receive the gifts.  To the left you find a vintage table covered in lace and an old rustic cart tucked underneath for a place to place gifts.  The matching white folding chairs have "rest" and "relax" painted on the back.  The spot where the bride and groom will sit to open their gifts.

Wil and Kristin opening their gifts under the tent.
(hint… lace sticks to the velcro on the tent!!! bonus time saver)

"Aunties" enjoying the beautiful garden.

The lovely bride to be.

Adirondack chairs were a castoff from a friend.  Tony, my husband, painted them the bright yellow we used on our shutters.  They lent a bright pop in the front yard amongst the flowers, trees and pond.
All day long butterflies and hummingbirds were flitting about in the garden… reminding us of those who had passed before and were able to attend in spirit.

The pond flowers bloomed for the first time on shower day… even the pond flowers loved the day!

Bridesmaids, moms and aunts lent a hand.  Everyone brought their favorite appetizer and a recipe card for the bride and groom so that they can prepare them at their own gatherings in the future!

Geli made this delicious Black Forest cake! Perfection… right down to the sprinkle shimmer hearts.

Under the lights in the garden the night before. 
We often gather with others in the front yard to celebrate birthdays, graduations and more.  We were so happy to have had the chance to host the Bridal shower for my nephew and his wife to be.
What a lovely day!

Congratulations to my nephew and his beautiful "bride to be" … on their upcoming wedding!

For more…check out instagram #wilkristin2014 and #twistedpines for more of the wedding day (in the future)   #opendoorstudio