|Behind Kelly Place - 16x12", plein air|
Pastel on black Strathmore
It was definitely one of my favorite locations the group has painted this year, and I'd go back any time and paint there; in fact, Jerene, one of the owners, was in finding painters willing to teach a class - I told her I'd be interested. I've thought it would be fun to do a workshop for beginning pastelists or plein air painters, and this would be an ideal venue for that!
Anyway, it didn't take me long to decide on this particular location for my painting - a colorful sandstone cliff with desert scrub and a wash: in other words, a subject right up my painting alley, so speak.
While I was painting, one of the guests drove by and asked if he could look over my shoulder. That's never bothered me, and since I was almost finished, I was happy to take a break and chat with him. It turns out he's purchased works from a pastel artist who lives in Boulder, UT, whose work I am familiar with, and has attended the Maynard Dixon Country plein air invitational in the past, so he's quite knowledgable about plein air painting and many of the top landscape painters.
And, he decided he liked my painting enough to buy it on the spot, which, needless to say, made my day.
I think it's a good sign, too, since I have gone ahead and registered for both the Escalante Canyons Art Festival, which is just over 3 weeks away, and PleinAir Moab (thanks for the nudge, Dan!), which follows closely on its heels a week later.
To say that I'm excited to get back to southern Utah and paint would be a bit of an understatement - it's almost all I've been thinking about for the past few weeks!