H. Cedar Keshet displays paintings at Village Smithy Restaurant in Carbondale, CO

H. Cedar Keshet displays paintings at Village Smithy Restaurant in Carbondale, CO

Kat and Collin

Kat and Collin, oil 9″ x 12″

The Village Smithy Restaurant, a Carbondale icon at 26 S 3rd St., will have a display of landscape and animal oil paintings from H. Cedar Keshet from May 1-31, 2017.

H. Cedar Keshet was raised northwest of El Paso in the New Mexican landscape. She spent many hours on her horse, with a sketchbook in the saddle bag. The light, colors in nature, and huge expanse of sky inspire her works. She believes that painting the beauty of landscapes of the West documents and supports these lands. She hopes her work will move others to recognize these amazing places and advocate for them as well.

The Village Smithy is open daily 7am-2pm

Contact: H. Cedar Keshet, notjuniper@gmail.com

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Drinking in the Creek

Drinking in the Creek Oil, 9" x 12"

Drinking in the Creek
Oil, 9″ x 12″

A couple years ago, I did a painting of my friend on his mule in Escalante Canyon, Colorado. The mule was drinking out of Escalante Creek. At the time I was going to paint over the painting but my friend saw it and purchased it, he wouldn’t let me say no. Finally I got it back and got rid of it. We were riding the other week and I snapped a new and improved photo of he and his mule. I then did a much better painting of them and will varnish and frame it and give it to him soon. Persistence paid off!

Zion National Park

Zion Sentinels Oil, 18" x 24"

Zion Sentinels
Oil, 18″ x 24″

Allen & I went to Zion National Park. It is stunning and amazing. Really, words can not describe its grandeur. I did some Plein Air paintings while Allen rode his bike through the park. Back home in the studio, I got out a big canvas and did the following painting, “Zion Sentinels”. It was a great trip and we hope to go back there soon.

Plein Air workshop in Utah

Tall Juniper Oil 9" x 12"

Tall Juniper
Oil 9″ x 12″

I took a Plein Air workshop in St. George, Utah from Plein Air painter, Brad Holt. He was a great instructor, giving us lots of tips and advice. He also took us to a neat overlook to paint one day.

This painting, “Tall Juniper” was done during the workshop when we were inside on one of the afternoons.

Escalante Canyon, Colorado

Walker Cabin Watchtower Oil, 10" x 20"

Walker Cabin Watchtower
Oil, 10″ x 20″

I have been in the studio painting since the cloudy and cold weather has moved in during fall and winter. But before that I joined the Plein Air Artists of Colorado and went to Escalante Canyon for a paint out. The painting in this article is a result of that trip.

Here is a painting I did called “Walker Cabin Watchtower”. The study was done in Escalante Canyon between Delta and Grand Junction, Colorado. The landform was adjacent to an area where there were several small cabins cut into and out of the stones around 100 years ago. The hardy people who lived there had a great setting.

Research in and analyzed about en Plein Air painting assistants

I (The Researcher) have compiled enough research now to determine that my dog (The Subject) has a unique yet well thought out and executed pose she assumes when she is assisting me en Plein Air painting.

Tova in Great Basin NP, NV

Tova in Great Basin NP, NV

The data shows the subject positions herself with optimal focus on the rays of the sun as compared to the angle of the shade. The subject also points herself in alignment with the researcher’s position during painting so as not to miss any movement on the researcher’s part.

Tova at Wild Horse Crossing, NV

Tova at Wild Horse Crossing, NV

The subject’s closed eyes are helpful so she can concentrate better on listening and smelling where the researcher is and also if the researcher is eating something the subject may want.

Tova at McClure/Kebler junction park

Tova at McClure/Kebler junction park

The subject’s relaxed position is her way of conserving energy so if she needs to spring to the researcher’s rescue or just quickly follow if the researcher moves, she can in an instant, mobilize.

Tova at Easely campgrounds, ID

Tova at Easely campgrounds, ID

This pose, named “Dead Dog” for its resemblance to highway fatalities, shows it is repeated in all instances where the subject goes out en Plein Air. Her use of “Dead Dog” pose in 99.99% of all recorded events shows it is highly effective in maintaining the subject’s ability to sharply monitor whereabouts of the researcher yet conserve her energy at the same time.

Tova at Lost Lake Slough

Tova at Lost Lake Slough

“Dead Dog” is effective due to its flexibility in being deployed in a variety of locations and situations, from driveway and gravel landscaping to interiors of vehicles.

Tova in Wanatchee, WA

Tova in Wanatchee, WA

Tova in the back of the Honda

Tova in the back of the Honda

The subject is very cunning in her nonchalant manner but the research shows its highly calculated.

Tova in the Sawtooths, Id

Tova in the Sawtooths, Id

It may seem that she is just passed out but she’s not.

Farm to Fiddle Fine Art Show – I have 3 paintings in this show.

Chamisa and Sage, Plein Air Oil, 6" x 8", $100

Chamisa and Sage, Plein Air Oil, 6″ x 8″, $100

Come join me at The Farm to Fiddle Festival Premier Fine Arts Show at the Creamery Arts Center, on the main street, 165 W Bridge St., Hotchkiss, August 5-26, 2016.

Orange Door Shed, Plein Air Oil, 8" x 10", $125

Orange Door Shed, Plein Air Oil, 8″ x 10″, $125

I have 3 paintings in this show. Stop by and vote for one of mine for People’s choice! Thanks.

First Snow on Lamborn, oil, 14" x 18", $300

First Snow on Lamborn, oil, 14″ x 18″, $300

Here is the schedule for the show:

Public Opening: Friday, August 5, 5-8 pm
People’s Choice Voting: August 5-11, 11 am- 6 pm
Reception and Awards: Friday, August 12, 5-7 pm

This art show takes place with the Farm to Fiddle Festival and the Delta County Fair happening during the middle of this show’s run. Perhaps people will stop by all of these events to take in fine art, fiddle and other music as well as giant hogs, turkeys and the ranch competition. Who knows. The Festival and Fair run during the weekend of August 12 & 13.

Plein Air Painting Trip Part 8: Blogging with no electricity, Internet connection or cell service.

No cell service!

No cell service!

We were in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area for 4 days and 3 nights. The was no electricity, Internet connection or cell service. So I didn’t do any blogging, checking emails, phone calls or texts. And no art marketing. I was sketching and painting. So don’t feel bad for me. It was great!

Plein Air Painting Trip Part 3

Tova, riding in a crazy oversized wagon in Oregon, on the trail of course.

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.

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.

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.

Painting in the Malheur National Forest.

The auto sun shade in action on my Strada mini.

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.