We’re gonna get out there and plein air!

A small plein air piece from earlier this summer. “Back Lit” oil, 12×16 plein air

The link in Blog Roll, above right, will take you to a site with all the information you’ll need to see what’s going on with the plein air event in Estes Park this year. I’ve done this event for five years running and it just keeps getting better and better. This time though I thought I’d blog the event and keep you all posted on the work that gets done and the work that eventually gets into the show.

Competing in a plein air event is like hunting bear. Sometimes you get the bear and sometimes the bear gets you. You need some talent and you need a heck of a lot of luck. When the dust settles you just hope someone hasn’t whupped a bigger, meaner bear than you. Of course, too, there’s always the bear whuppin judge with a half baked idea of what a good bear whuppin looks like and about fifty of us are going to find out one more time what that’s gonna be.

We get our canvas (or whatever) stamped on the 9th of August and that begins the painting period. We’ll paint until August 22nd, (the show opens the 23rd) and hand in three pieces we all hope are going to outshine anything else in town. I’ve ended up on both ends of this so some years I consider great and some years not so great. There’s one thing constant though, and that’s the friends I’ve made. It’s getting to be like old home week when we all get together to paint. We party a little, we paint a lot and wait for the dust to settle. I can hardly wait.

Smee, lovin every minute of it! This was about a month ago when Coni Grant and I painted near Buena Vista. Check out her blog in Blog Roll, above right.


2 Responses to “We’re gonna get out there and plein air!”

  1. Vicki Barton Says:

    It looks like “you are loaded for bear” We can’t wait to follow your adventure. Happy painting!

  2. Can’t wait to get up there. See you soon, –
    Bye the by-
    Wyoming was GREAT

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