Sedona!

sedona We always enjoy the annual Sedona Plein Air Festival, which is coming up next month, October 10-25. This 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 the 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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Ginger Whellock

whellock fall-river-on-the-rocks Ginger Whellock paints all around the western states, with a special affinity for water, her “biggest challenge and greatest sense of satisfaction.” Shown above is Fall River on the Rocks, a 9″x12″ plein air oil done in Rocky Mountain National Park. She also paints large (24″x30″) studio paintings (below, Lazy Afternoon) using plein air studies along with photos and “a rich emotional memory.”
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Her blog contains thoughts about the why and how of painting, getting organized, teaching and being in the zone. She has three events coming up this fall: Arts at Denver‘s annual landscape show, Art for the Sangres, an invitational benefit for the San Isabel Land Protection Trust, and her annual Studio Open House on October 10th from 4-10 p.m.
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Kathryn Weisberg

weisberg fall1_edited-1 Kathryn Weisberg grew up in the rural foothills of Mt. Diablo where she rode horses on her parents 2200 acre ranch, developing “my early and lasting love for nature and wildlife.” She now lives in the spectacular northern Idaho panhandle, near the rocky northern shores of Lake Pend Oreille.

A signature member of Artists for Conservation, she will be participating in their annual exhibition from September 27 through October 5 in Vancouver, BC.
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Shown here are some of her 10″x7″ plein air paintings. She also does large studio paintings of wildlife, as shown in her demo video, below. “I do not sketch in the entire composition before I begin because it allows me to measure and draw as I go, laying in the foundation values and then applying warm and cool versions of those values one over the other to create vibration.”

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Hadley Rampton

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Artist Hadley Rampton has studied architecture as well as art, and it shows in her sense of structure, line and perspective. She paints outdoors in both oil (above) and watercolor (below).
rampton Afternoon In Split.large She enjoys traveling in historic places such as Hungary, Turkey, Georgia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Armenia. At home in Utah, she recognizes the same kind of timeless mood in the local wilderness.
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Some tell me I’m crazy for painting in the mountains in the dead of winter, or for battling swarms of biting flies in summer. And yet, there I stand for hours, working, feeling there is no where else I would rather be…I begin by painting the actual scene before me, but as the painting progresses I delve into the personality of the painting, itself. A three way dialogue forms between the natural scene, the painting, and me. Which one speaks loudest changes from moment to moment, and, if any one becomes dominant for too long, the work can fail. It is the balance between the three that keeps me engaged.”
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Jason Sacran

sacran Alley-Patterns-300x300 We were happy to meet Jason Sacran when he stopped by recently. He is currently participating in Plein Air Rockies in Estes Park, just up the road from here. He won two Guerrilla Painter awards this year, along with dozens of other awards which are listed on his website. Congratulations, Jason!
sacran John-Deer-Green-300x222I am interested in documenting things of today, mostly with overlooked or even forgotten aspects of everyday life – scenes we pass by every day, objects we often use, people we know well, but hardly ever think twice about. In the chaos of daily life, I believe we all take the simple and familiar things for granted. Sometimes they are the very things we come to miss.”
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