Thirty en plein air artists from around the region descended on Wrightsville Beach Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10-11, to capture scenes around the island for the inaugural Wrightsville Beach Museum of History en plein air art show and wet paint sale.
Early Friday morning, painters including Christopher Reid, Tesh Parakh and Sue Bark set up their easels to begin working.
Reid, who recently returned to the area, was located just east of the Kenan Creek Bridge, looking out onto the marsh in the heart of Harbor Island. Reid said he did not have a plan where he would paint.
“I didn’t plan ahead where I was going to paint because the light changes all the time so I wanted to go with what was good at the moment,” Reid said. “The sun was just coming up. I got that on there before it changed too much.”
While many of his contemporaries would choose to paint with oils, Reid said he enjoyed using pastels and watercolors.
“I am using pastels because...