Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Grand Canyon trip & OPA plein air exhibit

I got up to the Canyon this last weekend to get some work done for the Oil Painters of America plein air event that is going on all week ahead of the 19TH Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils being held at the Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ. The juried exhibition runs Friday, April 30-May 31, 2010. The plein air work completed this week will be on display at the Scottsdale Artist's School Thursday, April 29 to Sunday, May 2. It's not often that this annual event is held in my backyard, so I thought I'd better check it out. I'll be at the Legacy Gallery for the opening of the main exhibit Friday night. I'm looking forward to seeing some great art, the list of artists in the show is impressive.

Early AM on the south rim. Happy I threw in the down jacket.

Later in the day I found this little cliff dweller.

My rendition.

Tipped to see the topography of the paint. Painting is nearly edge on to the sun, note the clip shadow running down the board. I'll probably submit this one to the plein air event.

7 comments:

Mick Carney said...

I'm determined to return to your stamping ground for a concentrated session of painting. One of my wish list entries says 'Get to Arizona and paint with Bill Cramer'. The few days I had there earlier in the year have given me a real appetite to return. Love the image Bill.

Bill Cramer said...

Mick, It'd be a pleasure to have you visit and go paint. Just let me know when! Glad you like the painting,

Steve PP said...

I really like this painting Bill!

Good job!

Bill Cramer said...

Thanks Steve, It was a nice little spot between two popular viewpoints on the south rim, so there was no end to the tourist stream blocking the view. The painting probably took twice as long just waiting for people to move. Can't blame them tho' and slowing me down may have been a good thing.

Steve sculpts critters said...

I've got say across the board your painting expresses everything about being in a real landscape that pops my cork while I'm enjoying it.

Bill Cramer said...

Nice comment, Steve! I had a rather good day there. I learned that if you set up between the trail and the Canyon rim, every passerby will see (bother?) you. If you set up on the other side of the trail, almost no one will notice you, because they are busy looking away at the Canyon.

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