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!
“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 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
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 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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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.
“Elk Hay” at the Art Center in Grand Junction’s 2017 Member Show.
“Zion Sentinel” at the Art Center in Grand Junction’s 2017 Member Show.
These two paintings are on exhibit at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts or the Grand Junction Art Center as I like to think of it. There are over 240 works by 140 or so artists. There is everything from paintings to fiber to ceramics to some things that defy description.
I am honored to be included in this interesting and creative show.
Sketches are the structure on which I base almost all of my paintings.
Wild Horse Crossing Campground
I love to do sketches, even if they are tiny small thumbnail ones, of a painting before I begin.
Moses Lake baseball field, WA
So I sketch a lot.
Big Southern Butte, from Crators of the Moon National Monument, Idaho
I’ve included some sketches I did while on our trip through 5 states earlier this month.
Firehold Canyon Campground view, Flaming Gorge, WY
St Xavier, en Plein Air Oil, 8″ x 10″
San Xavier (A-Vear) is a mission south of Tucson, AZ. Ansel Adams made it famous in his photos he did mid 20th century. I painted it en Plein Air when I was at the Plein Air conference in April 2016. It has been accepted to the exhibition: “Wish You Were Here”. It is a national juried exhibit of art that focuses on Southwestern Arizona. The show opens July 29 through August 28, 2016.
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.