Monday, November 30, 2009

Tempe Festival of the Arts

The Road In 9x12

The Wait 11x14

Gold of the Goldfield Mountains 16x24

I will participating in the Tempe Festival of the Arts this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 4Th - 6Th. Above are some of the new paintings I will have at this show.

More about the show from Festival website: The Tempe Festival of the Arts consistently ranks among the Top 20 art festivals in the nation. More than 400 fine artists and crafts persons display and sell their original work amid a street festival atmosphere throughout Tempe’s Mill Avenue District. A beloved, award-winning tradition, the event is the largest festival of its kind in the state of Arizona.

While the Tempe Festival of the Arts primarily focuses on art and the artists that create it, there are also a wide variety of other activities for guests to enjoy. Live entertainment stages provide musical entertainment for festival-goers. Performances by a number of well-known local musicians keep audiences in high spirits throughout the day. In addition to the scheduled entertainment, street performers, vendors, sponsor exhibits and entertainment booths are set up for the amusement of Festival visitors. In addition to arts and entertainment, the Tempe Festival of the Arts offers support to the Tempe community. A portion of the proceeds raised at the Festival benefits local charities.

Discover the “art of wine”, while enjoying the art! The Arizona Wine Growers Association will showcase Arizona wineries that will offer up to six tastings with the price of admission to the Arizona Wine Festival. Admission is $10 and includes a commemorative wine glass.

I will be in booth #5519 on 5Th Street just east of Mill Ave. Map.
Hours are 10am to dusk. I look forward to seeing you at the show!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Paintings from Sedona Plein Air Festival

Here are three paintings that I completed during the Sedona Plein Air Festival.

Morning Abstraction 12x16 This scene was a small part of a much larger massif of rock and were quite a distance away when I painted them. This simplified the elements for me and lended an abstract quality to the folds of rock and shadow play.

Autumn Place 9x12 Painted way up in Boynton Canyon west ot town. One of the nicest fall hikes I've been on in a long time.

Stories in Stone 16x16 This was the largest painting I did during the week. It ended up winning the artist's choice award during the festival. Festival details here.
I'm now spending most of my time getting ready for the Tempe Festival of Arts that will be held the first weekend in Dec. More on that and new paintings in a future post.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Good Times in Sedona

I had a great time at the Sedona Plein Air Festival 2009. Painted a lot, learned a lot, sold a little and picked up an award. Here are a few photos from the week long event.

Spent a nice afternoon painting with Michael Chelsey Johnson out Vultee Arch Road. This is a shot Michael took of me on my car top painting platform. Made from a 4'x8' sheet of 3/4" inch plywood mounted on a car rack, this platform allows me to get above the bushes and trees that often obstruct the view. It also allows me to get a little different perspective. I just need to remember not to back up too far.

We spent one day painting in the ghost town of Jerome about 30 minutes from Sedona. William Wray snapped this pic of Josh Been and I enjoying the weather. It was windy, snowy and miserable, but some really good painting came out of it. Not so much for me, but Betty Carr, Jill Carver , Ken DeWaard, Tracey Frugoli and others created beautiful works that ended up at the show opening at the Le'Auberge resort gala.

At the Friday night gala I won the Artist's Choice Award for a painting titled "Stories in Stone". A cool and totally unexpected surprise! It was nice to get the nod from many of the great painters participating in the festival.

There's more than red rocks to paint around Sedona. I painted at this spot along Oak Creek, and other places, with Joshua Been. His work is truly remarkable and his enthusiasm infectious. His being around made me work harder and have more fun painting than I ever have. Nice to have met you Josh!

Drove home to enjoy Halloween night with the kids. Megan Cinderella looks ready to score some candy. The show ended at the Sedona Art Center main gallery. Visitor attendance was good, however, a lot of great paintings were still there at the close of the show.

Thanks to all the great people at the Art Center for putting on such a fun and well organized event!

PS I'll post photos of the paintings I created during the festival soon.