Charlie Hunter

DCF 1.0 Congratulations to Charlie Hunter, who won the Guerrilla Painter award at the Main Street Paint Out in Sedona yesterday. His tonalist style is an alloy of realism and abstraction, based on a deep-rooted sense of design and leavened with an appreciation of mystery, of the process and the oil paint itself.

HUNTER_Hunter._Lower_St._Regis_Lake 9x12Shown here are Observed Automobile (top) 8″x16″ and Lower St. Regis Lake (above) 9″x12″. He also creates large (up to 4×6 feet) studio works.

I like to paint what nature does to what man creates.”

Shown below is Small Town, 8″x16″.
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After graduating cum laude from Yale in art, Charlie found employment in the music world, first as a graphic designer and then as a music manager. He still arranges concerts for Roots on the Rails, long-distance train travel with your favorite singer-songwriters, new friends and magnificent scenery.

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Jimmy Longacre

longacre We enjoyed a conversation recently with Jimmy Longacre, who won one of our awards at the Kerrville Outdoor Painters Event in the historic town of Kerrville, Texas. Below is the winning painting, entitled Hill Country Pride, 11×14 oil on canvas.
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His blog includes not just recent paintings, but also thoughts about the plein air process. There is a step-by-step demo of the 16×20 painting On a Broken Ledge (top), from small value sketch and color scheme through the finishing touches. There is also a list of other helpful blogs.
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He describes his style as “subjective realist,” a mix of noticing what’s there and composing a poetic passage.

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Plein Air Moab

Moab2 Today is the first day of Plein Air Moab, taking place in the spectacular red rock country along the Colorado River in eastern Utah. With easy access to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, it offers plein air painters unique challenges and inspiration.
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Above is a photo from last year, showing Todd Orchard‘s watercolor in progress. He comments, “A very good thing about Plein Air painting competitions is the artificial constraint of time that forces this application of effort, or at least creates a situation that necessitates moving out of your warm studio, and straining under sub-par situations. Struggle is good. Hard work is its own reward.”
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This 8-day gathering of local and nationally known artists and art lovers culminates in competitions, awards and sale of art work. Most events are free and open to the public.

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Errol Barron

barron alley We enjoyed a call recently from New Orleans-based architect and professor of architecture at Tulane University Errol Barron. He paints in watercolor and sometimes oils, primarily cityscapes and landscapes, but also abstractions of natural and man-made structures, weather and water, and the occasional still life.
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Many are 11″x7″ (Alley, top, and Venice, right), but some are as small as 4″x3″, while retaining a sense of scale. There are three published annotated sketchbooks of his observations, including one on New Orleans (“America’s Most Foreign City”) and one on Rome.
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He also plays flute in amateur ensembles and in 2004 released a CD with the pianist Sakiko Ohashi entitled L’Amateur.
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At left is a 5″x5″ watercolor entitled River Structures.

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sedona We always enjoy the annual Sedona Plein Air Festival, which is coming up next month, October 10-25. ThisĀ is its tenth year, and thirty artists, including Carl Ortman (image shown above) will be participating in the fun. There will be paint-outs, presentations, a trip to theĀ historic mining town of Jerome, a quick draw at Alcantara Vineyards and lots of valuable plein air workshops with well-known artists from all around the U.S.
sedona 2The landscape is beyond spectacular, the weather is mild, and the light is brilliant. Thank you to Michael Chesley Johnson for this photo (above), which shows his easel alongside Scott Gellatly from Gamblin Artists Colors. Scott will give a free presentation on the history of pigment, paint and color space, in addition to his workshop. The Keynote Speaker will be veteran plein air artist Jim McVicker from the Oregon Coast.
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arizona 2011 005They even have a bronze sculpture of a plein air painter downtown. Red Rocks & the Cowboy Artist, by Clyde “Ross” Morgan, depicts cowboy artist Joe Beeler.

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