Where's Carl Now?

Carl Judson, the original "Guerrilla Painter" and plein air painter of 30 years, has been on the road. Don't forget to check out his road trip posts on Track My Tour.
Hey! Want to  meet up with Carl on his next trip? (See his contact information below.)

October 25, 2022: Carl will give a free presentation and discussion on the history of plein air painting at the 18th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival, located at the Sedona Arts Center from 1:30-2:30 pm.

September 2022: Carl will judge the 5th Annual Black Hills Plein Air Paint Out, September 22-24

November 2019:  Carl and Nina chased a wild hare and went on an impromptu Urban Sketching roadtrip through north-western Nebraska in early November. Carl's ultimate destination was the area around Lexington, NE, but the first leg of the trip took them up to Alliance where they visited Carhenge - if you haven't been there yet, it's worth going out of your way to see (not just as an American cultural monument but a sublime urban sketching model in a rural setting for anyone looking for unusual subject matter). The second day they meandered through the Sandhills and stopped for the night in Broken Bow. After lunch, Nina drove them around in circles for a while before she fell in love with a power plant and settled in for an hour or two to urban sketch.

Heading south out of the Sandhills, they drove to Minden where one of Carl's prime objectives on the Nebraska trip was the Harold Warp Pioneer Villiage in Minden. The museum there was rumored to have a steam powered hay press from the 1870's that he was particularly interested to see. It was a little bit like finding a needle in a hay stack, not at all for lack of organization on the part of the museum or its staff but rather due to the extensiveness of the museum itself. It's a pretty impressive place with lots to see. Carl and Nina meandered through the museum for most of the day, still didn't see everything there was to be seen and had to be ushered out by the staff past closing time. Before hightailing it back to Colorado, Carl had some research to do for a chapter in the next Guerrilla Painter's Notebook Vol. 6 (coming soon!) which involved a visit to the courthouse in Lexington.

Stay tuned! As we know more about Carl's upcoming trips, we'll post them both here and in our weekly newsletter (you can sign up for it at the bottom of this page). 


Have you seen this yet? For groups large or small Carl has three programs that artists around the country have enjoyed:

  • “Paint Outside the Box – Personal Style in Plein Air” A seminar/workshop centered around slides on Carl’s iPad: About 50 slides of work from the Renaissance to the present give context for a brief history of plein air painting and provide examples of the surprising diversity of styles that painters over the last 250 years have used to depict the world around them. For groups larger than 5 or 6, requires a room with a TV or surface to project on. The presentation takes about an hour. Carl encourages questions and discussion from participants – this often gets quite lively so, allow 2 hours.
  • "Paint Small for Big Results” Equipment demo and discussion: Carl talks about the benefits of adding small paintings to your repertoire, not only to expand your opportunities to paint but to make big strides in your development as a painter. This is a nuts and bolts session with lots of opportunities for questions about paring your equipment down so that you can. About 1 hour.
  • “Frank Reaugh” video: Frank Reaugh (pronounced ‘Ray’) was a unique turn of the century pastelist and naturalist in the Texas Panhandle – a really fine plein air painter. For groups larger than 5 or 6, requires a room with a TV or surface to project on. About ½ hour.

Put a group together to meet Carl (conveners and hosts get the coveted Guerrilla Painter cap and their choice of any product in Carl’s van FREE). All artists attending one of these get-togethers will receive a FREE ‘Goodie Bag’.

Carl's contact info:

Cell: 970-217-5759 (please leave a message if he can't answer or feel free to text him)
Email: carl@guerrillapainter.com
Website: www.carljudson.com

Track My Tour: Carl posts regularly on Track My Tour with each new road trip. Keep up with his latest adventures! Past Track My Tour posts are available. Take a look:

Happy Painting!