Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Event News

The Escalante Canyons Working Art Festival Everett Ruess Days Plein Air Competition was incredible. Lots of great painting in a beautiful place and the people involved were the best! It was a perfect week capped by an impressive show of work and I came home with two awards. I received an Honorable Mention and the Artist's Choice Award for the piece shown above, Escalante Overlook, 20x24. It was painted from a popular overlook along Hwy 12 near the confluence of the Escalante River and Calf Creek. I'd painted a smaller 12x12 of this at the very start of the show and decided on the last morning to return and see if I couldn't get a larger painting of it. I had to climb down to a perch to the side of the overlook to get the view I wanted and to be sheltered from the sun, wind and tourists. It was a ledge about 4 feet wide with a 300 foot drop. I had to be very careful not to drop anything - including myself! I really wanted to capture the aerial perspective of this scene, I only wish I had gotten a better photo of it before it sold. Many thanks to all those involved in putting together this fun show! I made a lot of new friends and look forward to seeing them next year!

Also, the American Impressionist Society's 11th Annual National Juried Exhibition began last week in Nashville, and my entry, Treeline Brilliance, won the Sourcetek Award of Excellence! Happy to even be accepted into the show, shocked to have received an award. Thank you Sourcetek for your choice and to the organizers of this fine exhibit. The show runs until November 3rd.

Next week Sedona Plein Air and then Zion!

4 comments:

Mick Carney said...

Great to hear that you are getting the recognition that your wonderful work deserves and that you are also finding the odd ledge to avoid the tourists.

Can I ask did you produce the shadow side of the main cliff by glazing over the top of some local colour? It has a real translucency to it and is beautiful technique however you did it.

Bill Cramer said...

Thanks Mick, Yeah, I have a couple things going on with that shadowing. I arrived before sunrise to sketch in the basic design and then as the sun came up revealling the form and cast shadows, I blocked those in a rich purply, maroonish color (thin with little or no white) that lightened a bit as they receeded. Then while that layer set I worked on the sunlit rock surfaces and river bottom as they became sunlit (again, thin, little or no white). The foreground rocks, trees and main rock formations are done in a couple of layers while the back features are pretty much one layer. At the end I went back into those shadows, refining with more rock-like color and line while adding a little detail to the closest rocks and lightening the more distant shadows having less detail. I used a little more white in these final stages. I hope this makes sense. I worked really fast due to the fast changing light, so how it all came about is a bit of a blur. I love that ledge! There are many other compositions to do from that area.

Steve Atkinson said...

Congratulations Bill! That's great! I've gotta take more time to cruise the blogs, I miss things like this... impressively big painting too! Hey, did any of those tourists climb down on the ledge with you, to take a look at what you were doing?artist

Bill Cramer said...

Thanks, Steve! No, no touron traffic on that little ledge, very tight space with waaay too much exposure. Ideal location!