Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Telluride - Best of Show and Bonus Trip to Aspen!

The 9th annual Telluride Plein Air event went pretty much as expected - beautiful mountain scenery with innumerable painting possibilities working alongside great painters - but a few things happened that I did not expect. I managed to pick up the Best of Show Award for Clarice's Ranch 18x24 (above) and was invited to go on to the 3rd annual Aspen Plein Air event the following week! 

I went to Telluride with the goal of painting big mountains, waterfalls and aspen trees - all the things we don't have much of here in Arizona! Telluride is a scenic old mining town situated near the end of a beautiful box canyon surrounded by high mountains, forested hillsides and crowned by magnificent waterfalls at the top of the canyon. When I got there I met up with my friend Josh Been, a great painter from Salida, CO who knows the area well and who has an awesome drive to get out there and paint! With his help I was able to find many of the things I'd  hoped to work on. Thanks Josh! And to all the people who worked so hard to put on this fine event! It was a real honor to be asked to participate in this show. 

The week was full of early starts, late nights, lots of hiking/driving around, rain, a quick draw, outdoor booth set up and sale, a Fourth of July Parade, more rain, a few sales, more late nights and on it went until it was time to pack it up and head to Aspen. The chance to participate in the Aspen Plein Air opened up when one of the artists had to cancel. The Aspen show is put on by the same people who organize the Telluride show and since I was already there, they asked me if I could do it. I was able to score more paint and other things from fellow artists (thanks Becky and Josh!), and because I'd brought extra panels and frames, I was able to make it work. I called Michelle and she said she could cover the home front for another week. The trip was on! I didn't get the aspen tree paintings I'd hoped to paint in Telluride, but I'd get another chance in Aspen! More on that trip in another post. 

Some of the work from around Telluride...

Still Standing 12x12

My  new rig made from materials found around the house. An 11x14 frame and glass, an old panel for a lid, a hook on a piece of bungee to hold the painting, side tray from an older rig, all on top of a new tripod. It worked great! Seen here with a 16x16 at the base of Bridal Veil Falls. 
Falls Impression 16x16

Top of the Veil 12x24