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.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

It's National Park Week

Here's a good excuse to visit your favorite National Park (as if you really need one). From the NPS website, "To make it easier to experience America's Great Outdoors, the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees, so visitors can enjoy all 392 national parks for free April 17-25. In addition, many national park concessioners are offering special promotions that are certain to add to your fun. " Above is one of my favorites - North Rim Rain oil 30x36.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Post Tempe Festival of the Arts & SAC Members Show post

Sometimes I wonder about the value of doing shows like this, but during the show I'm reminded why. I think the best part, much like plein air events, is that you get to meet so many collectors and other artists. For 2 or 3 days you are out there representing your art to 100s of people, talking about art, about what motivates you and what interests them. You meet all kinds of people from serious collectors to the mildly curious. In this way the Tempe Festival of the Arts was a great success and in other ways as well. We sold paintings, made new friends and contacts and picked up the Best of Painting award for the show. As the featured artist, it was a little harder to put this event together (more paintings in a larger booth) and finish (I had a serious case of bronchitis during the show, and while in Starbucks a man fell back on Sarah's wheelchair and broke her left leg - so sorry sweetheart), but I had a lot of help from family, friends and event staff.

The people who put on this art festival do a great job. There is a reason it rates as one of the top outdoor shows anywhere. Thanks to all of the organizers and volunteers! I arrived with the booth all set up (carpet, too!), including a banner and a sign printed with my name, bio and the painting purchased by the show organizers, High Sedona. It was a little strange seeing this painting printed on all the show promo materials and on signs and banners all around the event. The show poster of this painting sold very well in the FastFrame booth behind mine and I had a good time signing many of them. You can still get one at FastFrame locations around the valley. Thanks to my family who helped in the booth, kept us fed and let us stay in their home. And many thanks to fellow artists Melanie and Don for the booth panels!

My cold is passing and Sarah's doing fine having only missed one day of school. Now we're busy getting ready for the next show - the 36th annual Phippen Western Art Show and Sale here in Prescott over Memorial Day weekend.

More news: A plein air painting of mine entitled Sedona Moment (12x12, sold) was awarded 3rd place in oils at the Sedona Arts Center's 30th Annual Juried Members Exhibit. SAC puts on some really fine events including the Sedona Plein Air Festival each fall.