I’ve been gone at Plein Air events for the last 3 1/2 weeks. We traveled and parked our camper at great people’s houses who were so hospitable to us. It made the events even more fun! Below are some shots of my work. Why am I not in any of them you wonder? Well because Tova wouldn’t take a photo of me, she was busy snoozing.
Tova is holding down that rock at Fisher Towers, UT
This is at the Escalante Canyons plein air event. It was 11 days long! Whew
Painting hay fields in Escalante Utah. Red rocks, too!
The ones below are at the Colorado National Monument Plein Air, near Grand Junction, Colorado. That Plein Air event lasted almost a week.
Coke Ovens in early morning light.
Painting in full sunlight is tough on the eyes! Independence Rock
The 3 below are from the Red Rocks Arts Festival in Moab, UT. That Plein Air event lasted over 8 days! Wow. I did a lot of painting in all types of weather from wind and snow to wind and sunshine.
Of course the famous Fisher Towers are behind me.
It was a cold and windy day but I kept on painting and the sun peaked out for a bit.
A smoky Dead Horse Point State Park!
I’ve cleaned out the sand and grit from my gear and have been resting the last day or two. It is good to be home but I’m ready to paint outside again. Just not so far from my bed and kitchen, ha ha ha!
Back wall in the Village Smithy Restaurant
My work is in Carbondale, CO at the Village Smithy Restaurant, 3rd and Main, during the month of May. If you’re in Carbondale, grab a bite to eat from 7-2 and check out my paintings. Its a pretty setting and very vital and happening. And the baked goods are yummy!
This is the main wall in the Village Smithy Restaurant.
Q: When is a tattoo parlor an Art Gallery?
A: When its an empty retail space in Paonia.
The entire storefront from the street.
The former tattoo parlor at 237 Grand Ave has been unoccupied for a while as are several other retail locations in our town’s two block downtown. They look like missing teeth from an otherwise beautiful smile. I approached the property owner and requested permission to hang some of my paintings in the front window until he rents the space. He graciously said yes to my idea of an alternative exhibition space. I got this idea from my friend Charlie when he told me what the town of Helper, UT did to its vacant storefronts.
Right side of the storefront.
I didn’t want to overstep any boundaries so I decided not to use any electricity for lighting. The front windows are west facing and pretty bright. I measured and graphed out the window space to display my paintings. I framed lots of really good ones. Allen & I got the supplies we needed to hang them with minimal expense and work. Then we set to work putting up the exhibit.
Left side of the storefront.
I am glad to have my paintings up and able to be viewed by lots of people. Paonia is a busy little town and people were walking by as we were hanging the paintings. I also hope to sell some of the paintings as every artist wants to be able to pay for their supplies sooner than later. I am happy that people will be able to understand what I do all day when they walk by and see the products of my labor of love. And my paintings are a lot happier being in the light than wrapped up in the “Vault” (that is what we jokingly call the shelves in the garage where I store art).
Left side window.
So stop by when you are in Paonia to 237 Grand Avenue and take a look at some of my paintings. You can go across the street to the Blue Sage Center for the Arts after next week and see a couple more of my paintings. I also have 2 in Grand Junction at the Art Center there. I hope to be hearing from some of you soon!
Right side window.
Morning Walk, Oil, 11″ x 14″
Dog on Rugs, Still Life Oil, 9″ x 12″
Hooray! I got two pieces accepted into the Art Unleashed Exhibit in Grand Junction.
It runs October 7 to 29, 2016 and is at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts
1803 N. 7th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Plan to attend the First Friday reception Oct. 7, 7-9pm to see all the artwork and maybe buy a piece or two.
The Art Center is definitely going to the dogs … and cats and other four-legged friends this October. They are excited to be teaming up with Roice-Hurst Humane Society to bring art patrons and animal lovers together for a fun First Friday evening, a fabulous exhibit, and a celebration of National Shelter Dog month.Artwork will be for sale, with proceeds going to support both The Art Center and Roice-Hurst Humane Society. A few priceless pieces from the permanent collection will also be sprinkled about for the eye and heart to enjoy.
Hiking out along the Harriman Trail near Easely Creek, ID.
The day after we got together with the McKelvy family, I got to do some painting! Tova and I hiked out into a field with a great view of Silver Peak.
Me, painting Silver Peak
Tova has a certain distinct style of assisting me when I’m painting. I am documenting it.
Tova, en Plein Air assistant!
Tova, riding in a crazy oversized wagon in Oregon, on the trail of course.
On our way through Oregon, we camped at Malheur National Forest on the South Fork of the Burnt River. So did a whole town of people on OHV’s and in RV’s with loud generators. I did a little sketching of the trees as lots were over 100 feet tall.
Clear Creek in the Malheur National Forest, Oregon.
In the morning we headed out to look for a quiet spot where I could paint and a wide shoulder where Allen could ride his bicycle. I managed a nice painting of some cows in a flower filled field and a creek in the morning.
Tova, guarding the cattle guard and the Plein Air gear.
After an early lunch, I did another painting of some young Douglas Fir trees. I even managed to rig up an auto sun shade on my Strada easel which worked very nicely.
Painting in the Malheur National Forest.
The auto sun shade in action on my Strada mini.
Thanks to Kim Casebeer for the tips on that one! Tomorrow we are on our way to our friends house in Wenatchee, Washington and more Plein Air painting.
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 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.
I have 3 paintings in the upcoming group show through the Hotchkiss Fine Arts Association. The exhibit will be from February 5 until March 14 of this year. It is being held at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts in Paonia, CO. There will be a dozen artists featured in the 2D and 3D show.
I’m inviting you to attend the opening on February 5, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m. Stop by, view some art and say hello to us artists.
My life model, happily staying in one place and not moving.
With the sun streaming in on the floor next to my easel, my dog (a.k.a. my studio assistant) is taking a nap. I also look at her as my life model. Except for her collar she is a nude model if a bit hairier than most. I think it is better to paint something from real life. A photo is fine but most of the values and colors get washed out or pushed into a rather narrow spectrum.
I snapped a photo of my model just in case a cat or coyote walked by outside and she felt the need to spring awake and move from her position. She managed to stay asleep long enough (35 minutes) for me to get the values and colors in as well as her position. Then she moved and got up. I was able to keep painting using the rug and sofa side as is. They don’t move on their own so all I had to deal with was the changing light.
Painting from life lets me see the nuances that normally don’t come through in a photo. I had to wait to the next day to finish this painting as I did loose the light in the room I was in painting because we are very near the winter Solstice.
I think the painting turned out well.
My Studio Assistant, Still Life Oil, 9″ x 12″
Morning Walk, Oil, 11″ x 14″
This month I am on retreat at my friends house in the mountains on the Front Range. I’m about an hour from Denver and don’t feel like going into the hub bub of civilization if I can avoid it. I am house/dog/horse/cat sitting for them while they are on a family vacation. As you can see from the above painting, I take the dogs for a walk on a very scenic road every morning.
I am painting, both in the studio and plein air. The following painting is the plein air study for the one that follows. I went to Morrison with my friend before she left and met up with her plein air painting pals on a warm Sunday morning.
Study for Bear Meadow, Oil, 8″ x 10″
Plein Air in Bear Meadow, Oil, 11″ x 14″
I also used this time to refine other plein air studies I did near my home in Paonia. This one is of the confluence of the North Fork and the Gunnison Rivers at a place named the Pleasure Park. Odd name for a riparian area in a desert environment but its a nice place to paint as well as a Gold Medal Stream for fishing.
Confluence Cliffs, Oil 9″ x 12″
I am still here for a little while longer, so I hope to be productive and creative. I always enjoy myself, especially while painting.