Tree Hugging Cowgirl, Part 11

I’ve been working on my series, Tree Hugging Cowgirl, and have been doing a few paintings of these green gates that keep popping up in the areas of forest and grazing lands near where I live. The gates are always these big green ones and there are welded pipe fence on either side of the gates. Some of the pipe fences go for a long ways, others go for 20 feet or so. Either way, these are expensive. Ranchers might put up a gate but it would be a stretched barbed wire gate over a cattle guard. With a little side gate where a truck, ATV or people on horses could get through. They just don’t fool around with fancy expensive gates like that. Who belongs to these gates? And why do they seem big enough to let a semi trailer carrying extraction materials through? A lot of them have new wire fences with a really wide road cut running along it and disappearing into the forest or over a ridge.  These and other questions are needing answers.

My plein air and studio paintings were scheduled to be show in Paonia and Crested Butte during December (yes, that is less than 3 weeks away). However the owner of the space, The Cirque, where I was supposed to hang about 25 paintings and have an opening on November 30th called me earlier this week to say she had made a terrible mistake and double booked the date and space. We had agreed about a show early this summer and I’d kept going in there, measuring wall space, asking questions, etc. She had already signed a contract with the other artist just recently and didn’t know what to do. I suggested that the other artist (who makes willow stick frames with a piece of flat rock with a petroglyph painted on it inserted in the center of these stick frames) collaborate with me. We could hang half our works, each taking 1 of the 2 wall spaces. We could do that in December and in January switch wall spaces and bring in the other half of our work. The other artist refused to collaborate. And the owner of the Cirque told me I could have January or a month during the summer instead. I had already started marketing for the show and was glad I didn’t give the go-ahead on any printing or ads. I have been working with the Western Slope Conservation Center, they helped with maps, suggestions where to go, and were excited to be a part of the opening and exhibit. I was also going to donate a percentage of the profits to them from the sale of the paintings during the run of the exhibit. I was pretty upset but figured when live gives me lemons, I just make a Kamikaze.

My new showing will be one night only at WSCC’s offices in Paonia.  Here is the press release with the details. It was great that the staff and the Board of Directors from the Western Slope Conservation Center jumped into help. And my friends were very encouraging as well.

Cedar Keshet’s “Tree Hugging Cowgirl” series explores the impact of fracking and other events on the environment. Her plein air and studio oil paintings follow her journey this past year (2018) going to sites that are up for oil and gas exploration in the North Fork of the Gunnison area in Western Colorado. This series also includes her journey from Colorado to British Columbia & Alberta and back and the fires she experienced while on this journey. Cedar collaborated with the Western Slope Conservation Center in this series.

Join Cedar on Friday November 30, 2018 from 5-8 p.m. at the Western Slope Conservation Center’s offices, 206 Poplar in Paonia. Artist’s Talk will start at 6 with WSCC information and Q&A to follow. Light refreshments will be served. 50% of the profits from this one night’s exhibit will be donated by Keshet to the Western Slope Conservation Center.

I hope to see a lot of you on Nov. 30. That is also our town’s Final Friday, so other galleries will be open. Including the Cirque where I was supposed to be exhibiting. Not like I’m bitter, but just saying its been a challenge. Glad I am a positive person and have found a way to share my art adventures with the community.


"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.

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 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.