Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Week-long Paint out in Zion a Success
Working on my "quick draw" painting at Zion National Park
Success! After a week painting en plein air at Zion National Park I'd have to call the whole event a rousing success. The week began on Monday with 24 invited artists from all over the nation setting up in places where Thomas Moran actually painted during an early exploration trip through the Zion area. Each day consisted of outdoor painting, a workshop, a demonstration and a seminar in the evening for both artists and the hundreds of attendees. The week concluded with a "Quick-draw" where the artists all furiously painted a complete piece in 90 minutes while onlookers watched intently. This was followed by a live auction, and finally a gala "wet paint" sale Saturday of all the paintings completed during the week. I must say I was quite tired at the end of the week, but thrilled to spend that much time working outdoors in my favorite place on earth. 40% of all sales went to the Youth and Art Initiative for the Zion National Park Foundation so everyone benefited. As it turns out I was the top selling artist, followed by John Cogan, Joshua Been, and William Scott Jennings. I'd like to thank all the collectors who came out to support us as well as those businesses issuing purchase awards. I was pleased to receive a purchase award from Zion's Bank.
My quick-draw painting underway
My quick draw painting "Zion at Noon" was purchased by Nanette Rosevear of Daytona Beach Florida
Plein Air watercolor problems. When I started this painting early one morning the air was so cold my watercolor paints froze!
"Sentinel in the Morning" was purchased by Bob and Luisa Geiger of Azusa CA
"East Zion Arch" was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. David Webster