Monday, March 30, 2009

Going to Zion!

I will be in Zion National Park April 20th to the 25th participating in a plein air invitational. The paintings above, Throne into Shadow, 24x30 and Suncatchers, 16x20, will hang in Bingham Gallery and the Zion Human History Museum Gallery as part of the event. This should be a really great event. Being invited and have some of my paintings hang in Maynard Dixon's Mt. Carmel studio is a true honor. I look forward to being in the park again!

Here are the details from the Z-Arts! website and links about the paint-out.

The 7th Annual Z-Arts! Open Studios and Gallery Tour begins Saturday, April 25th and continues through Sunday, April 26th with the “new 2009” version promising to be better than ever. In conjunction with the Z-Arts! Open Studios and Gallery Tour, Zion National Park will be hosting an "Invitational Paint Out, In the Footsteps of Thomas Moran" to be held during the week of April 20, 2009. Twenty nationally recognized landscape artists have been invited to create in twelve different Zion National Park locations chosen based upon works in the Thomas Moran sketches and watercolors notebook.
The Moran Notebook, created during the summer of 1873, has never been published and was loaned to Zion National Park by Yellowstone National Park as part of Zion’s Centennial Celebration. Artists from Alaska to Texas, such as Kathryn Stats, Russell Case, Kate Starling, Roland Lee, Doug Martin, Susan Gallacher, Mark Bangerter,Jack Bangerter, Arleen Braitwaite and Jill Carver will participate in this outdoor painting event. Some of their previous works will be showcased at the ZNP Human History Museum Gallery and the Bingham Gallery (home and studio of Maynard Dixon) during the month of April preceding the Invitational Paint Out.

On Friday, April 24, 2009, a wet painting sale of the art produced will be held at the Maynard Dixon Living History Museum and Studio in Mt. Carmel. Each artist is also donating a painting to the Z-Arts! Open Studios and Gallery Auction, conducted under the direction of professional auctioneer Stephen Johnson this year, and held at the Zion Park Lodge on the evening of Saturday, April 25, 2009. The public is encouraged to come into the park and observe the artists painting outdoors.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Paintings and Patterns

I've been putting in a lot of studio time lately and thought I'd post some of the newer pieces, but when I uploaded the images I noticed something interesting. The smallest one was painted first and has the widest view, the second was painted next and has a little tighter view, while the last and largest piece is a relative close-up. As I was going up in size, I was narrowing my view. I doubt I would have noticed the pattern had I not put the three paintings side by side. It's a subtle thing and no big deal, but I wonder if this is something I do subconsciously or if this is a totally random event. What other long and short term patterns are hidden in the process of creating art - or anything?

The top piece is a 6x8 of the desert east of Fountain Hills, the middle is an 11x14 of Canyon de Chelly, and the bottom is a 16x20 of the Betatakin ruins.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

A Pleasant Surprise

Last Light on Lomaki, one of my paintings chosen for the Sedona Arts Center Members Exhibition, won first place in the professional oil painters category! It was a nice honor to have three of my works selected for the event, but it was an added surprise to see that I'd won an award at the show's opening reception. The reception was quite crowded and the exhibit looked great. M.L. Coleman juried the event for the Art Center. The family made the trip to Sedona with me and we celebrated by dining out (Italian of course - the kid's favorite). In the photo Sarah and I are enjoying the moment. The winning piece is behind her and behind me is another painting of mine called Canyon Patterns.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

3 events for the 3rd month

I have three events planned for this third month of 2009...

I will be the featured artist for March at the Grayleaf Galleria in Prescott. Every Saturday throughout the month I will be painting at the gallery from 1-4pm (except the 21st, see below).

I will also be painting at the gallery reception being held in conjunction with the Final Friday Art Walk, Friday March 27th. Please visit the gallery to watch me work and to see the equipment I use for my plein air painting.

Three of my landscape paintings were accepted into the 29th Annual Juried Members Exhibition at the Sedona Arts Center. The opening is Friday, March 6th, 5-8pm. The exhibition will be up until March 26th.

March 20th-22nd I will be at the Fountain Hills Art & Wine Affaire in the city of Fountain Hills just east of Scottsdale This show is set against a picturesque backdrop of saguaro studded mountains, spacious desert vistas and the second largest man-made fountain in the world (at 560 feet, it is taller than the Washington Monument!)

PS Clicking on photos will provide maps to show sites.