Back in August I had the opportunity to spend nine days painting the Forbes ranch near Ft. Garland, Colorado with nineteen other extremely talented artists. It was such a good experience – I got to bump elbows with a lot of artists who are far more established in their careers than me, spend nine straight days painting, and soak up some valuable business advice from gallery owners.
Anyhow, we all had a few months to produce paintings inspired by our time on the ranch, and this show is the culmination the experience. Paintings will be on exhibit from each artist, and it should be fun to see how everyone interpreted their time on the ranch differently. I completed a bunch of small plein air studies while I was at the ranch, and did five larger studio paintings when I got back home (shown above). Three of the larger paintings are going to be in the show.
Many of the paintings that will be in the show were printed in the March 2007 issue of American Artist magazine, which is completely devoted to the residency. You can read the article here if you don’t have a print copy. I just have to make a disclaimer (as usual) that in the print version of the magazine, my paintings reproduced more dark and dull than they actually are. I’m slowly learning that it’s tough to get a magazine to do an accurate reproduction of your work – my last article in Southwest Art made my painting look too bright and saturated, and this article it’s the exact opposite!
We’re only going to be in the city for three nights, but that should be enough. We’ll be flying with Aspen for the first time, so I’m praying that she does well on the plane, and that it’s not too cold while we’re there so that we can do a lot of walking around the city. Regardless, it should a fun, albeit short, trip!