"Mrs. Norris' Root Cellar" Plein Air oil, 9" x 12"

“Mrs. Norris’ Root Cellar” Plein Air oil, 9″ x 12″

I’ve been painting up a storm lately. Tomorrow we head out to Meeker for the Plein Air Meeker competition. Its in conjunction with their “Range Call” which is Meeker’s way of celebrating July 4th.

"Rocks and Wyethia" Plein Air study, Oil

“Rocks and Wyethia” Plein Air study, Oil 6″ x 9″

I’ve have lots of studies from places around Paonia so I’m looking forward to the change of scenery and alpine vistas in the White River National Forest and Flat Top Wilderness area.

"Pipe Organ" Oil, 8" x 15" en Plein Air

“Pipe Organ” Oil, 8″ x 15″ en Plein Air

I did paint at the Colorado National Monument on Friday, so I had a change of scenery for a couple days. But this is yet another change. Stay tune for more posts about the week in Meeker! Although I don’t know how I’ll be able to compete with the Meeker Massacre Pageant, Meeker Bank Robbery Reenactment or Jon Wangnild Memorial Shoot. Painting versus shooting weapons and pretending to kill people? Hum? At any rate, I am leaving for Paonia before Range Call to join in my town’s own July 4th celebration, Cherry Days, which honors the first fruit of the season to be ripe. Yep, shooting people or eating cherry pie, eating lots of ripe sweet cherries and drinking hard cherry cider,  my choice is for the cherries.

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Plein Air season 2017 is beginning!

Plein Air Painting view of Mt. Lamborn

I’ve been painting every day the last couple of weeks to get in shape for the upcoming Plein Air painting season. On the 26th, I leave for Meeker, CO and the Plein Air Meeker competition. In August its the Red Brick Plein Air Festival in Aspen, CO.

I’m getting ready and will get my hat on, bug spray applied and set up my easel and umbrella and paint away!

Plein Air painting right near my house

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Plein Air Painting Trip Part 6: Going to the Sawtooths in Idaho

Redfish Lake in the Sawtooth mountains in Idaho.

Redfish Lake in the Sawtooth mountains in Idaho.

After Wenatchee, we drove on through Baker City, OR. The next day we drove through Boise, ID to meet up with our friends, the McKelvy family, in Easely, OR. Sue is my best friend and fellow plein air painter. We didn’t have time to paint at all as a large family gathering was taking place: We were scattering her mother and father’s ashes around the family summer cabin they owned over 30 years ago.

The view from the Visitor's Center at Redfish Lake, ID

The view from the Visitor’s Center at Redfish Lake, ID

Afterwards we all drove over to Redfish Lake. What a beautiful spot! Sue & I lamented our lack of Plein Air time but we took a lot of photos. The view of the Sawtooth Range from just over Galena Summit was breathtaking.

The Sawtooth Range in Idaho.

The Sawtooth Range in Idaho.

Plein Air Painting Trip Part 1

Snake Range with a storm rolling in.

Snake Range with a storm rolling in.

Allen & I have started our camping trip by staying the first night at the Great Basin National Park in Nevada. It was a beautiful location. Lower in elevation the weather was warm and at the higher elevations, it was cool. The weather was a bit fickle as it rained every afternoon and evening. I got rained on several times.

Wheeler Peak, NV in the Great Basin National Park with my easel and painting

Wheeler Peak, NV in the Great Basin National Park with my easel and painting

Plein Air Wheeler Peak, NV

Plein Air Wheeler Peak, NV

One time we had to pack up the painting gear in a big hurry when a dangerous lightening storm blew in extremely fast while we were at the Nevada Land Trust Ranch exhibit. There was a shelter to paint underneath, but it was all metal with a metal roof. We high tailed it out of there fast!

Painting the Snake Range, Nevada.

Painting the Snake Range, Nevada.

Tova, holding down the shelter's floor.

Tova, holding down the shelter’s floor.

Thanks to the Nevada Land Trust for that great exhibit and the awesome shelter!

Thanks to the Nevada Land Trust for that great exhibit and the awesome shelter!

Under a shade near the Great Basin National Park