It doesn't get much bigger than this - the sky, I mean. The Wyoming Plein Air Event was pretty big too - attracting painters from all over the country, and even 2 from abroad. Sue McCullough and I spent 3 days in the Snowy Mountains, with fellow painters, Ulrich Gleiter - from Germany, Peg Immel - from Taos and Patrice Walker - from Santa Fe.
I am not sure what is going on in this conference. I think I heard someone say "he went that-a-way".
To the right are some of the event highlights, from my point of view:
Sue holds a brush out at arms length to "sight" a complex alley view.
Peg painted in the same alley, facing the other direction. It was a challenge, dodging passing trucks, forklifts, painting in heat and blowing dirt from the cement factory on the other side of the fence;
worth it though - Peg's piece, shown here won the Artist Choice Award in the Link Gallery. Tough conditions- nice work!
At the opening Saturday night:
in the Link Gallery Ulrich Gleiter stands with his piece "My Wyoming" (the lower painting) which won First Place. Bravo!
Sue McCullough and Scott Eckberg pose in from of their work- Scott's on the left and Sue's on the right, and
Dawn Normali and I stand in front of her amazing painting of a Wyoming farm which won the Artist Choice Award in the Deselms Gallery.
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These are the best of my work from the week.
At right, early morning in the Snowy Mountains as the mist rolled over them and the morning sun highlights a distant ridge; below I saw clouds flying up over the ridge as I stood by Brooklyn Lake in the late afternoon.
A view out on the prairie where windmills create wind power and below it, Cottonwoods on the Hereford Ranch.
No plein air event is complete with out a semi-nerve wracking Quick Draw. Personally, I think Cheyenne's Depot Plaza venue is especially hard because there are few traditional landscape elements.
Top photo is the view from the depot north into the farmer's market, below that is Ulrich painting the model, under that is my long view of the capitol and on the bottom my painting that sold to a local couple wanting a souvenir of their hometown.