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!