Sunday, June 3, 2012

"Art of the National Parks," Fine Art Book to be Published

I am thrilled to announce that, for the first time, my work will be included in a fine art book titled Art of the National Parks, published by Fresco Fine Art Publications, early 2013.  There will be ten National Parks featured.  My artwork will be featured in the Yellowstone/Grand Teton National Park section, along with 8-10 other artists I greatly admire including Clyde Aspevig, Ralph Oberg, Jim Wilcox, Carole Cooke and Scott Christensen. The book is co-authored and curated by Jean Stern, executive director of the Irvine Museum in California, and Susan McGarry, former editor of Southwest Art magazine and current director of the Plein Air Painters of America.  It will be sold through Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and national museums among others.  There will also be a group exhibit for the participating artists in proximity to the Parks either summer or fall of 2013 once the book is published.

This is such a great opportunity and I want to share it with all of you!  I will spend the third week of June traveling to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to paint the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks for this book project, and will be posting updates on my blog while traveling and painting so you can see the process as well as the finished pieces.  I have already created and posted some studio work from last fall's trip to Wyoming that may be included in the book. (See Grand Teton/Yellowstone National Parks Painting Series)

Please check back under the Art of the National Parks Book label for posts about this new adventure!

Friday, June 1, 2012

There are still a few spots available in the Improving Studio Work Through Plein Air workshop held at the Art League in New Braunfels, TX June 8-10.  Please check the workshop page on this blog or my website for more information. We will have fun, learn a lot, and don't worry, we WILL stay cool!

Photos from the Flint Hills Workshop, May 3-6, 2012

A wonderful group of 16 enthusiastic artists met for the flint hills workshop in May.  I've been meaning to post these but had to unplug for 3 weeks to get a project completed so sorry this is so late.  Some photos are mine, some the students'.  We had a great time!  I'm planning to hold another spring workshop in the flint hills next year and I hope you can join us.  Enjoy!

We arrived Thursday afternoon and the light was perfect!  Everyone got used to their gear and did some warm up painting.
Three days together at the bunkhouses - living the artist's life!
On Friday morning we got right to it - painting skies.
Only a few wispy clouds in the sky, but we made the most of it.
It is possible to paint using a limited selection of pastels and layering.
Elaine getting started on a beautiful pastel painting.
Hmm... why are all those people standing on the road??
And now we paint rocks!
It was hot and humid!
Friday afternoon we concentrated on painting rocks and water.

The heat didn't slow down these dedicated artists!

Saturday morning's beautiful view.
Starting the morning demo.
Blocking in...

and still working on the demo.

The cows were very curious!

We spent Saturday afternoon finding shade and painting along a wooded road. What beautiful light!
Many of the artists spent the evenings photographing.

A cattle path near Flyiing W Ranch.

It was almost a full moon that evening
Pristine prairie.

Artists taking photos of artists taking photos!

The light at dusk was breathtaking.

We spent Saturday night having a well deserved dinner at the Grand Central Hotel in Cottonwood Falls - YUM!
Clements Stone Arch Bridge near Flying W Ranch
Cool truck begging to be painted!  Whoever took this pic - please tell me where you found this!
Chase County courthouse in Cottonwood Falls at night.

Another wonderful weekend in the flint hills comes to an end.