I will spread the word about this new site to other artist's. Painting on site made a dramatic jump in my work. I was forced to really see and interpret colors and shapes. In spite of the bugs, wind, or hot sun I come home having learned something of value. Favorite painting spots are found in Arizona, Colorado, Catalina Island in Avalon CA, The Sonoran desert is by far my comfortable spot I know it so well.
Hi Cindy, Great to see you here and must say I love your work. Of course I envy you living in my favorite state. So why don't I move there? I really don't know. I have given it lots of thought. Maybe I will soon since I am now retired. I think I will wait a bit before I try to sell my house here though. Thanks and pass the word about this site please.
Hello Cindy, welcome to our group. I love your work; the brushwork and capture of mood. I lived in Sedona for about 3 years before moving to Colo. Painted a lot with Curt Walters, in fact he started my direction of painting outdoors. Look forward to seeing more.
Hi Cindy, thanks for comments, and yes, still pretty nice up here where I live......in fact, it's just right for painting!! Been working hard on the Phippen Western Art Show here in Prescott over Memorial Day week-end....and not having much time to get outside....but that will be coming right up as soon as the show is over......come up and see me and this wonderful show..I'm in space # 14........come up to paint when you can......Becky Joy will be coming up, maybe you girls could car pool? Marla
Cindy, thanks. I was in Sedona about a month ago and saw the show at that gallery w/ all the construction in front...great work in there. Also chatted w/ a guy just down the way (plein air artist) that travels a lot and had some pretty good pieces, but I forget his name, but he knew you and is a member. Hey what's your ph# to reach you; I always want to call you on something but your # is not there.
We'll be traveling May 20 to June1.
Take care Cindy.
Hi Cindy, that area is a wonderful place to paint. During the cool months, I go over to Goldfield Ghost Town to paint horses from life. When I get there, if there aren't any horses, I turn around and paint the Mountain!
Cindy, thanks for you inout to my blog on Definition of Plein Air Painting. You also touched on questions in my other blog on Plein Air Contest Rules.
I reviewed the prospectus for the three events you mentioned and found it interesting that Plein Air New Mexico had the highest entry fee ($60) of any event i have researched. Must be they included the the two artist dinners in the fee. I am also finding that most events do not have very large prize money-I am using Plein Air Easton MD as a reference where prize money totals around $13,000 with first place $5,000 and second and third at $2000. Lots of motivation for hanky panky. Easton reported sales in 2008 of $69,000 ( I think 51 paintings). Estes reported sales of $80,000 for 2008 in their prospectus although one artist blog inticated sales in 2009 were "horrible". I am trying to generate business support to offer an Internationl Plein Air Event (Canada and the US-Juried) here in the Thousand Islands Region of New York and Ontario.
Based on your blog comments on the new terrain you experienced in Estes, the Thousand Islands Region might also be a similar new challenge for some artists. Funny you mentioned your need to work on including people, cars, etc. in you paintings as that happens to be one of my favorite subjects- farmers markets, outdoor restaurants, outdoor art fairs, state parks, historic homes in the middle of town and lots of people stopping to chat and ask questions. I also like the solace of painting alone in people free enviroments in the woods or along (and on) the St Lawerence River. Keep painting and Blogging! Bob Hedden
Cindy, thanks for the added input and insights. Your remarks on treating the artists well with happy hours, discounts, and TLC are right in line with one very small town that runs an Art Fair , has high artist returns and attracts large crowds by providing first class attention to the artists. I think your remarks on follow on sales through contacts made at the events is a good one to keep in mind. Along the same lines I have been invited this past summer to paint at an ART FAIR and later at a Farmers Market as support for the events. Both times driving to the events I was having second thoughts and thinking it would be a bust, but I sold the paintings I created there to the Vendors and got requests for commisions plus asked if I gave lessons and was invited to come back as often as I could. I came home from the Farmers Market with a basket of vegetables that the Market Manager collected from all the vendors. My wifes comment was "You work for food?"
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