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!