Anyway, aside from last Friday being pretty much a total wash due to rain throughout the day from the storm passing through the region, it was another productive and fun trip.
Something different happened on this trip, unexpected, which was spending four sessions over four days working on a single painting:
|Late Afternoon Glow on the Monocline - 12x24", diptych|
pastel on black cardstock
HONORABLE MENTION in Pastel/Dry Media
|The finished painting on location, after the sun had |
set behind the cliffs and the clouds had moved on
Anyway, it ended up being a labor of love, I guess. While I think it has far more impact as the two-part painting, I think each half stands on its own, which is always a nice thing. Honestly, I wasn't sure how the whole diptych thing would go over with the judges, one of whom was Lorenzo Chavez, who is well-known amongst all pastelists. Had PA Moab not been back-to-back with Escalante, I would have tried to sign up for one of his two workshops given at the event; both sold out quickly. I've long admired his work, and I have heard that he is a wonderful instructor. I framed it without a spacer or mat, just as you see above, on black foamboard, in the mahogany plein air frame I have (and non-glare glass).
I'm pleased that it had enough going for it to win a ribbon out of the ~30 dry media entries, especially as it was competing against a handful of pastelists who have won awards at this show in the past and have been painting far longer than I have.
I didn't get as many paintings done on this trip as I did in Escalante, partially because the diptych tied up a couple of hours during the afternoon over those four days.
Here are two, with adjustments and finishing touches done today:
|Along Lower Courthouse Wash - 12x12"|
Here's a picture of my new hiking plein air set-up at this location:
- New, larger backpack purchased from Walmart recently ($29 - a great deal!)
- folding table in green plastic, which I just carry
- folding stool from Walmart, round III, so far so good with no tears. It secures to the outside of the backpack sideways under the two clips of the lid of the pack
- 12x18 piece of foamboard as painting surface; this now allows me to bring papers up to 12x16 on these longer hikes
- a second piece of slightly shorter foamboard with a piece of foil taped to it; the foil side goes on top of the painting, and large clips secure it in place so it is protected from smearing or damage in my backpack
- two of my three pastel boxes; the third is a smaller Rembrandt box that carries all my sky colors. I bungee cord the three boxes together and they go in my backpack.
- a small viewfinder by Guerilla, sits on the edge of the box. It was part of the pack we got for the show! I have larger handmade viewfinders that I keep in my portable bag, but this one will be a permanent part of the backpack gear.
|Steelbender Trail Morning - 12x12"|
Had I not finished the diptych, or ruined it, this would have been the other painting I'd have put in the show.
I have four other paintings, in various stages of completeness, that I did on the trip. I'll post some or all as I bring them to completion...along with those from the Escalante Canyons trip.