Plein Air Meeker 2016

Me and my Strada mini easel!

Me and my Strada mini easel!

Who would have thought I would so serendipitously¬† run into a Plein Air event in Meeker, CO? I sure didn’t but was glad to find it. This week Allen and I went to Meeker so I could do some Plein Air painting and he could do a ride. He had read about an easy 30 mile uphill from Meeker to Buford, CO. The elevation gain wasn’t too bad, he said, only about 2700 feet in 30 miles. He said the easiest part would be the 30 mile return downhill trip. I have never put “easy” and “30 mile uphill” in the same sentence but some of us are more hard-core than others….

We stopped at the Meeker Chamber of Commerce for some insight as what to do and I found the brochure for the Plein Air Meeker 2016. I happened to land right in the time to register and paint. I was also planning on meeting a few other artists from the Western Slope PAAC group. I got a couple canvases stamped and we headed out to our campsite about 30 miles away in the White River National Forest at the North Fork campgrounds.

I started a painting at our campsite but as I was almost done, the rain came, forcing me to jump inside the cab of the truck and finish up. The next day dawned bright and hazy so we headed for town and Allen started on his ride and I met with other artists along the White River. I set up under a spacious pavilion with a couple other artists even though the skies looked relatively dry.

Others painting at Circle Park

Others painting at Circle Park

My plein air assistant and set-up

My plein air assistant and set-up

I finished up a painting just as the lightening and thunder started. So I packed up and headed out of town to find Allen. I had visions of him being pelted by lightening and hail. I saw him about 3 miles out of town and pulled over. He was just a bit soaked. I held the umbrella over us as he strapped his bike to the back of the truck. It was raining and hailing on us fiercely. I’m glad I found him when I did! He managed to ride 61 miles and was in good spirits.

"Looking up the White River Valley" Oil, 9" x12", $150

“Looking up the White River Valley” Oil, 9″ x12″, $150

I turned in the above painting after the rain let up to the Chamber of Commerce. Thanks to Trudy for all her help. Also, thanks to Gary another PAAC painter who helped me get the painting framed and ready to go. I am happy with the results and hope it sells and makes someone happy.

Painting in Utah

Me painting in Castle Valley, UT

Me painting in Castle Valley, UT

This past weekend I went to Utah with Allen to visit some of his friends at their house in Castle Valley. I had an opportunity to do a couple days of Plein Air painting.

The scenes were great!

Started painting

Started painting

I started before breakfast on the first day and had a jump on the shifting light.

Porcupine Rim with the Manti LaSal range in the background.

Porcupine Rim with the Manti LaSal range in the background.

The views from around the house were amazing. We also took a ride into Moab to gas up for the trip home. The river was beautiful.

Colorado River near Moab, UT

Colorado River near Moab, UT

I did 4 paintings in 2 days of work. They will be great studies to have around and maybe they’ll actually be finished or used as inspiration for studio pieces. Its good to travel but even better to get back home and into the studio.

Posting on My Website

Ward Creek Adobes Oil, 8" x 10", $125

Ward Creek Adobes
Oil, 8″ x 10″, $125

Being an artist requires some marketing time. So today I spent a lot of time photographing my work. I then posted it to my web site.

Feel free to look around at it! Cedarkeshet.com is the address.

My Plein Air paintings are listed at this page: Cedar’s Plein Air paintings.

My other available paintings are listed on this page: Cedar’s Available Paintings.

Near Cedaredge, CO

adobes

Ward Creek Adobes

Today I went out plein air painting with Tova. Allen was riding a half-century in Cedaredge so I had the morning to paint. I drove out to some stunning adobe landforms southwest of town. I enjoyed painting out there. Some people pulled over where I was set up on the side of the road to tell me about how the man had grown up in that area over 70 years ago.

Tova car

Tova hangs out in the back seat of Allen’s car when it gets too hot outside.

My dog Tova has it down, too. She camps out in the dirt until it gets too hot and the ants are too pesty. Then she shakes off and hops into the car, which is a lot cooler and more comfy!

I think this painting turned out well.

Plein Air painting in Cerrillos, NM

Plein Air near Cerrillos, NM

Plein Air near Cerrillos, NM

Its been a while since I posted anything as I have been in Cerrillos for a few weeks and then back up in Paonia again.

I did a little plein air painting while I was in New Mexico. Most of the time it was typical spring weather, which means windy and dirt storms. The sunny calm days brought out the gnats. So painting was a challenge but I did go out in all that.

Plein Air near Cerrillos, NM

Plein Air near Cerrillos, NM

Plein Air near Cerrillos, NM

Plein Air near Cerrillos, NM

Plein Air near Cerrillos, NM

Plein Air near Cerrillos, NM

I enjoyed the calm and wind-less days and found there was so much subject matter to paint that I was out a lot.

Plein Air near Cerrillos, NM

Plein Air near Cerrillos, NM

I got a couple paintings that turned out well and a few more that will be great help when I paint bigger ones of the same subject in the studio.

But I’m glad I’m home! I missed my studio.