Friday, July 31, 2015

Last day of plein air painting at the Olana event 2015

....and SOLD to the bidder over there!....
This post is a bit late, but better late than never. About three weeks ago on July 11th all the participating 30 Artists at Olana got ready to turn in their plain air paintings framed in prep for the viewing before the auction. A lovely cocktail hour takes place and then it is time to be seated….here is the painting I did that went up for auction. See the spot where I painted from and the warmup sketch too. I thought I would show my new makeshift easel that worked better than the professional one that I have, which I  never like using because it’s so unsteady. The following day for the first time during the plein air event we had a tent sale, which was very successful. It brought back buyers from the night before as well as others. As painters, we all have loads of paintings to sell and this was a great opportunity to do just that. I was fortunate to make some additional sales of local landscapes as well as some of my recent botanical paintings. It was a successful venture and I think we would all like to have two days of selling in the tent next year and not do the auction! Ha! I say that because quite a few paintings were passed over and did not sell due to not meeting the minimum reserve price. Good ones too! That is very disappointing for the artist who spent so many hours in the heat painting their masterpiece. See post below for more about the Olana Plein Air event.

A fuzzy shot of the final framed painting approx 20x28"
watercolor + white gouache on Kraft color Stonehenge paper





painting on site in front of the Moorish castle


this was my warmup sketch

here you can get a glimpse of my makeshift easel
 which is actually a painting display rack

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Thursday, July 09, 2015

Olana Plein Air Event 2015 in Hudson, NY

This is what I've been up to - today is the 1st day of the annual Olana Plein Air event. It's the 4th. I have been juried into all of them ;^). I was pleased with my three paintings today. It started to rain around 5:30 so I called it quits. 
This is the iconic view that we all paint over and over. I will be selling a lot of my Olana paintings from previous years along with the ones that I do this week on Sunday at the tent sale behind the Carriage House. About 20 other Artists will be doing the same thing after the auction which is on Saturday night 6pm. It's an opportunity for us to display works that were not up for auction.

This view is looking north towards the city of Hudson, which is where I live. I like this one.

This is a new view of the Olana mansion from below on the walkway. The hillside has been cleared making the view of the house more open for the Artist to paint. I was talking to the "curator of the landscape" at Olana as he drove by in a mini  golf cart with some passengers that he was giving a tour of the trails to. He said that they were clearing the trees for the view above when looking towards the river and the secondary result is this open hillside. He was so happy that I was there painting it. I think I was the first one out there, no one else seemed to realize this is a fantastic new view. (The painting above is the first phase and not finished.)

This is almost finished...still have to fine tune some details.

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