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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Fall is in the Air


"Autumn Sunset in Saratoga", Pastel on sanded paper, 12 x 12

It's hard to believe summer is almost at an end.   I feel like I had just started to get into the summer plein air swing of things the past couple of weeks!  Fortunately, I love autumn plein air painting even more than summer painting.  I still have studio pieces to get back to but am trying to get the most out of the beautiful weather we've had here in the Northeast.  The painting above is available at Sorelle Gallery in Albany, NY.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Adirondack Plein Air Festival and Third Prize


"Morning on Bloomingdale Road", 9 x 12, Pastel

I just returned from the Adirondack Plein Air Festival in Saranac Lake, New York.   We had perfect weather for the event:  three days of absolutely beautiful clear skies and moderate temperatures.  I wishI could have spent the week up there as it took half the weekend just trying to decide what to paint!  The event was attended by 70 plein air painters from the Northeast and Canada.  There were some really good painters so I was quite honored (and surprised!) when I won the "Saranac Health and Healing Award" which was 3rd prize.   Second Place went to Charlie Hunter whose unique, starkly beautiful and moody paintings are always top award winners and First Place went to George Van Hook whose large painting of a fly fisherman in the stream was quite impressive.