Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Bug Bitten and Sunburnt

"Sunset Over Byers Peak"
Oil on Panel
12x16"
2008


This week is officially arts week in Winter Park, and the main event up here in Grand County is the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters paint out and show. The plein air event is an invite only type of thing, and I've been bugging the powers that be to get me on the list for a while. I made it onto the alternate list, and I lucked out Monday and got a spot when someone didn't show.

So, I'm pretty excited - I've wanted to do this show for a while. It's a good group of artists, I already know it's at a good gallery (they do a great job selling my work!), and when you have a toddler it's definitely more convenient to participate in an event like this if it's in your own backyard.

The only drawback? Getting into the show Monday meant finishing seven (good) paintings on location in just a few days. So, I've been in a plein air painting frenzy for the past two and a half days, and it'll continue with more painting tomorrow, the show opening on Friday, quickdraw on Saturday morning (eek - hate these!!), and a couple more events on Saturday afternoon.

All in all, it's been a busy few days, but it's been great to get back outside with my pochade box and paint with some other great painters. The painting above is the one I just turned in for the show preview - it's a little bit simple, as are all of my plein air paintings - guess that's my style! I've painted this scene a couple of times before, and I knew it would be a great sunset scene.

Anyhow, if you're in the area (or live in Denver and want to drive a bit to see some good art), the show opens Friday evening at Elk Horn Gallery in Winter Park. Visit the RMPAP website for more info on the official schedule.

And now, if you'll excuse me, I have to head out to my studio and sign, varnish, and frame some paintings. The work doesn't end!

9 comments:

  1. Hi Stacey,

    Your work is so beautiful that one feels as if one is outside, smelling the trees and hearing the whisper of the wind. What a feast for the eyes! Although I don't live near Denver, I do live close to the Rocky Mountains, just outside Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Your work inspires me to drive out to the mountains and hike, or have a picnic lunch at a site where I can just take in all that beauty. Thank you for sharing your talent!

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  2. Congrats Stacey !!! And as always, beautiful work. I love the refined simplicity and the sensitivity to value and color.

    You are inspiring. Thank you again for sharing the truth that art is work...wonderful work but work, indeed. That reminder helps keep my honest.

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  3. You are very hard working and driven indeed. All the best!

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  4. congratulations stacey on getting in...very exciting! beautiful painting, i do love the simplicity of it, the values and colors are so soothing, i can imagine the sun setting.

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  5. Congratulations Stacey and have fun!

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  6. congratulations--sounds like it will be fun and productive and could be really great for your career, too! i love painting outdoors and have been too busy to do much of it lately...

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  7. Thanks for all the nice comments everyone!! The show was a great experience - I met a lot of really neat artists and collectors, and got a lot of painting done, and while it was crazy it was totally worth it!

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  8. Thanks for all the nice comments everyone!! The show was a great experience - I met a lot of really neat artists and collectors, and got a lot of painting done, and while it was crazy it was totally worth it!

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