Artists take over Dubuque for Bluff Strokes paint competition

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Sixty artists are competing in a paint-out in Dubuque this week as part of the Bluff Strokes: A Fall Color Plein Art Paint-Out event.

Artist Kathleen Newman works on her pastel painting in the Millwork District on Thursday, October 12, 2017.

The artists were given different challenges throughout the week.

They created nocturnal paintings and were given time limits to create other paintings.

Chicago artist Kathleen Newman says the most challenging part of the week has been the cool temperature, which makes it hard to use her hands for long periods of time.

She says the clouds have given them consistent lighting throughout the day.

However, she says she prefers to paint when the sun's shining because it creates more dramatic lighting.

All of the paintings will be on display and up for sale at Steeple Square on Saturday, October 14 from 9 am to 7 pm.

Newman hopes the public will come view their work.

She said, "people might now think about what it looks like in a painting and once you see it you might start noticing things you take for granted. So it's kind of fun to take a look at how an artist perceives the world you live in."

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