Monday, October 6, 2014

Escalante Canyons Art Festival 2014

Macario Pascual and myself painting the Escalante River at the Kiva KoffeeHouse

I have just returned from yet another magical painting adventure in Escalante, Utah. It was my second year attending the Escalante Canyons Art Festival plein air competition.  Although I received no ribbons this year, I was, however, rewarded with beautiful scenery, new friendships, and wonderful hospitality. The people of Escalante, and the people volunteering and attending this festival, are largely the appeal for me going.
The artwork produced and entered in this year's competition was truly incredible!

View of the show

It was challenging this year, with the wet weather, and some nagging health issues - however, I remained focused and excited throughout the experience! I painted several pieces, at several locations during the week long event, and here is a sampling of three of my favorites...

"Backbone Bonsai" 10x8 in.
oil on linen panel

Painting "Backbone Bonsai" along Hell's Backbone Road
during Wednesday's paint out.

"Metate Arch" 10x8 in.
oil on linen panel

Painting "Metate Arch" at Devil's Garden
"Through the Hoodoos" 8x8 in.
oil on linen panel

Painting "Through the Hoodoos" at Devil's Garden

 I love this art festival! Once you go, the beauty of the land gets in your blood, and the community and fellow artists become family. I'm already looking forward to next year!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Ol' Egg Room

 "The Ol' Egg Room"      8" x 10" oil on canvas panel

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When painting pal Clement Scott and I, discovered an old barn to plein air paint in Pomerene, Arizona, we didn't realize the history that would be revealed about it after asking permission of the land owner to paint in his yard. This old dilapidated structure, tucked away amongst a grove of pecan trees and knee high weeds, had once been an important egg sorting room, where special lighting allowed them to reveal whether the eggs were keepers or not. It was a main supplier of eggs to many nearby towns. Who would of known??! Hearing a story such as this can help breathe life into a painting.  I added the chicken later on, as a sort of homage to the place and our experience.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Unexpected Friend

"Unexpected Friend" - Framed 6" x 8" oil on canvas panel
Available through 55 Main Gallery

A friend of mine had this beautiful cat show up at her house one day, she was so purrfect! As it turned out, this cat had been in a car accident and was later reunited with it's owners. My friend had bonded with with the cat, and was sad to see her go. I had taken a photo of the kitty at one point, as I often do with cats I meet, and here it is years later, I ran across the photo and decided to paint from it. What a joy!
This is a small, framed and ready to hang on your wall, 6" x 8" oil painting.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Blackstone Sunflowers - En Plein Air!

"Blackstone Sunflowers" 10" x 8" oil on canvas panel
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During a recent trip to one of my favorite places on Earth - The Blackstone Hotsprings Hotel, I was struck by grounds keeper Dorthy's amazing sunflowers that were growing there. Having brought my painting gear along, I set up and produced this plein air piece. I am always deeply inspired whenever I stay there!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

What's Happening!?

Okay, so I have a bit to catch up on here - it's been a while since I've posted...

Biggest news would be winning Best of Show at this year's Ann Boyd Wade Fine Art & Photography Show in April!! Very excited, and deeply honored by this! 

I did a solo plein air event for my gallery for the April artwalk...

It was so much fun, and one of the paintings sold!

There was another plein air event in the month of May, again during the artwalk weekend.
This was a group event, which included a wet canvas sale and show.  We all had such a blast!

Diane Hayes, Clement Scott, Kaia Thomas, and Michelle Cook

One of the pieces created during the weekend...
"Off Main" 8" x 8" oil on canvas panel
Available through 55 Main Gallery

Well I think that about covers it for now...there will be more news to come :)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Plein air in my driveway!

Sometimes I find I take for granted places I see day after day, like my driveway, and skip over potential paintings because of this. So...I set up my easel in the driveway, and in no time at all, was inspired to paint. My focus landed on the shadows cast by the Salt Pine tree. 

"Driveway Shadows" 6" x 6" oil on canvas panel 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Adventures in Plein Air Painting - The Amerind Foundation

"Afternoon At The Amerind"                             6" x 8" oil on canvas panel

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My friend Clement Scott and I had a recent plein air adventure near the Amerind Foundation in Dragoon, Arizona.

 It is an area full of history, and about a million paintings waiting to happen! We had a blast, and this painting is the result of that day.  
If ever in this neck of the woods, a visit to the Amerind Foundation is a definite must! Well worth it.