Lake County Plein Air Group 2018 Schedule
September 15 – Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve in Lake Forest and Highwood has always been a favorite place for early fall color. The color probably won’t be in the trees that early, it will be in the grasses and shrubs, and it will be worthy of your focus. There are also restored old military barracks and officer’s homes.
October 20 – Art league member Vivian Morrison has a former horse, sheep and mink ranch near Mill Creek, just a mile south of the Wisconsin border. There is plenty to photograph, paint and draw, plenty of parking space in the mowed paddock, and Vivian is a gracious hostess. We were here for fall color in 2016 and 2017 and she has agreed to make this an annual celebration to close out our plein air calendar years.
November and December are set aside for the holidays, but artists are encouraged to continue to chase fall color, even stubborn scraps of it, any time there is a sunny and warm day. There is a poetry in those last colorful leaves on a bare branch.
This year’s schedule is dedicated to Libertyville’s Jamaican Gardens nursery. The proprietors were kind to the plein air group when it started in 2006, and were our first haven in winter. The group went there again a couple of years later, but after that the business seemed to fail. It was demolished last year and the property is now a senior living community surrounded by the Old School Forest Preserve.