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.
Shown 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″.
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.
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.
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.
He also plays flute in amateur ensembles and in 2004 released a CD with the pianist Sakiko Ohashi entitled L’Amateur.
At left is a 5″x5″ watercolor entitled River Structures.
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.
The 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.
They 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.