Statistics for the trip:
Total paintings done on trip: 11
Counties painted in: 3
National Park paintings: 2
Paintings sold: 3
I'll have to split up this into a few posts, simply because most of the paintings need a bit more work before I consider them "finished". Two of the paintings sold the night of the awards reception, and I never got photos of them.
However, I can share the two paintings that are finished and photographed: the entry for the main competition and the painting from Wednesday's quick-draw event:
|Passing To the North - 16x12" - SOLD|
pastel on black Strathmore paper
Honorable Mention - pastel/WC/mixed media division
It is actually painted at the same location (campsite) as the stormy painting I did from our May trip: "Gathering Storm Over Duffrey Mesa", about 5 miles east of the town of Boulder, UT, along the Burr Trail.
Conditions of strong wind gusts and spatters of rain earlier as the storm advanced from the west made it impossible to paint in another location by the Boulder Mail Trail, and I was feeling a bit restless that I'd not been able to paint all day after we got back to our campsite. Later, I walked up to the hill, saw the dark sky against the pale sandstone slopes, and knew I had a painting in that, so I ran down and grabbed my gear.
I had to literally hold my easel while I painted as the wind continued to blow, figuring I could get hit with rain at any moment. Amazingly, the rain kept to the north, which the title reflects.
By the time I'd finished the painting, that particular wave had passed to the east:
I knew when I finished this that I had my painting for the competition, which was both a thrill and a relief. I had actually brought along a 12x24" paper, figuring I'd find a great place to have a staged painting of that size, but that never happened...but, I did find a spot for one of next year's paintings that I'm already excited to paint.
What was surprising, and delightful, were the number of people that came up to me after the awards ceremony and told me how much they loved this painting, the sky, and that they'd voted for it as the People's Choice award. So, this storm, rather than being a damper, ended up being a gift.
Here is the painting from Wed's quick-draw event, which we actually had pretty much all day to complete (9-5, I believe):
|Corner of 200 North - 11x14"|
pastel on black Strathmore
I decided to have fun with color for this painting, and I decided to use one of the beautiful violet Ludwigs that normally just sits, unused, in my main pastel box. Since I don't draw buildings often, I spent probably an inordinate amount of time just drawing the building and double-checking the angles and perspective. That's important, along with accurate values. Of course, by the time I'd finished the painting, the neat morning shadows were all gone thanks to the overcast skies you see.
But, I have to say, I am really happy with how this painting turned out, although I may adjust the values under the porch a bit - I didn't darken them enough during my final adjustment on location.
I'll post the other paintings in batches as I bring them up to completion; thankfully, most just need a bit of tweaking or filling in of small areas.