I just returned from Plein Air Paradise 2007 in Midway Utah. I received some awards and sold some paintings making it a successful trip for me. The most valuable thing I got out of the event, was the nerve racking and exciting experience of having to whip out paintings left and right in short amounts of time. I also met a lot of really great artists and art enthusiasts. To see the paintings, click on the Midway Plein Air 2007 photo album icon.
Three cheers to the Midway Art Association for putting on such a wonderful event! I'll be there for sure next year!
In October, I entered my first plein air painting competition in Escalante, Utah. This competition was part of the Everett Ruess Days Festival. The object was to create an image that attempted to capture the same beauty of the Grand Staircase/Escalante area that inspired the artist/wanderer Everett Ruess. Participants had one week to do a maximum of five paintings in the categories of oil/acrylic and watercolor/mixed media. Only one painting per category was submitted. My oil painting entry (see above left) won an award of merit. It was an exciting weekend!