Painting in Vegas

I have a few new plein air studies to share from my recent trip to Las Vegas. To be honest, not my favorite city, but I was there for the 1st Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo. It was held at the Red Rocks Casino & Spa. I’d stayed there before, but had no idea there was so much to paint just a few miles away. I’ve always found the subtle color variations in the desert landscape inspiring. I hope you enjoy–and if you’re an artist, check back in a week, as I’m planning an extended blog post on the convention, complete with videos of demos.

Desert Color Study (Red Rocks Park, Las Legas, NV), Oil on Canvas, 8x10
Desert Color Study (Red Rocks Park, Las Legas, NV), Oil on Canvas, 8x10
Red Rocks (Las Vegas, NV; April 15, 2012), Oil on Linen, 10x8
Red Rocks (Las Vegas, NV; April 15, 2012), Oil on Linen, 10x8
Mountain Springs State Park (Las-Vegas NV - April14, 2012), Oil on Linen, 10x8
Mountain Springs State Park (Las-Vegas NV - April14, 2012), Oil on Linen, 10x8

 

The whole art: San Miguel de Allende

I just returned from one of the best workshops I’ve ever attended, with Frank Gardner in San Miguel de Allende.  What made it great?  It was a “whole” experience: painting (yes, of course!) and great insights from Frank, but what it made it extra special was the food, music, culture and the unbelievably welcoming vibe of San Miguel de Allende.

While there was always the threat of scorpions repelling from the ceiling (see New Adventures of the Ginger Gringo blog), Casa Santa Ana was a great home base for the class. We had the option of painting from the roof (first painting, below) or interiors in the casa.  Frank also took us out to a couple of ranches during our stay (see slideshow below).

This trip is on my calendar for next year.  Enjoy!

San Miguel de Allende, Oil on Linen, 8x10
San Miguel de Allende, Oil on Linen, 8x10
Sunset, San Miguel de Allende (March 10, 2012), Oil on Linen, 8x10
Sunset, San Miguel de Allende (March 10, 2012), Oil on Linen, 8x10
Wall in Shadow (Holly's Place), Oil on Linen, 9x12
Wall in Shadow (Holly's Place), Oil on Linen, 9x12
White Sofa, Casa Santa Ana (San Migue de Allende), Oil on Linen, 12x9
White Sofa, Casa Santa Ana (San Migue de Allende), Oil on Linen, 12x9
Pink Chair, Casa Schuck (San Miguel de Allende), Oil on Linen, 12x9
Pink Chair, Casa Schuck (San Miguel de Allende), Oil on Linen, 12x9
Potted Flowers (Casa Santa Ana), Oil on Linen, 12x9
Potted Flowers (Casa Santa Ana), Oil on Linen, 12x9

Here’s a slide show:

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Tennis Player

I’m thinking of Summer, which is why I suppose I selected this reference photo to paint.  I wanted to depict a sun-filled day (just as we had in San Francisco, today). Speaking of sunny weather, I’m headed to San Miguel de Allende this Friday, where the forecast is low 80’s all week.  Although Mike can’t make this trip, I’m looking forward to a full week dedicated to painting with Frank Gardner.  I’ll try to post from Mexico, if I have decent WiFi at the hotel.  Cheers.

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Reminds me of Greg

I enjoy alternating between painting the figure and landscape.  Painting the figure hones my drawing skills, and landscapes allow me to play a bit more with form, color and brushwork.  I’d love to bring that same fluidity to my figure work (and I have achieved that occasionally), but I have trouble being too loose in the figure, because I loose form too quickly.  There are some artists that do this extraordinarily well, and they inspire me (eg, Dan McCaw).  I’m working on a series of figure paintings for a possible show in San Francisco this year.  Cheers!

Reminds me of Greg, Oil on Linen, 14x11"
Reminds me of Greg, Oil on Linen, 14x11"

Avila Cove

I think this is the longest period of time I’ve gone without blogging!  Feels weird.  I’ve a a busy couple months: started a remodel at home; and was hospitalized for kidney stones.  No fun!  Remember to drink lots of water…apparently, that’s how you can help avoid them.

This is my first painting after being out of commission for a couple weeks.  Feels great to get back.  I like this enough that I can see painting a larger studio work from it.  Hope you enjoy it.

Avila Cove, Oil on Linen, 6x8
Avila Cove, Oil on Linen, 6x8

Looking forward to 2012

As this year winds down, I’m starting to think about painting adventures next year, which currently include a week-long workshop in San Miguel de Allende (Mexico) with Frank Gardner (Mike is coming, too!) and the first Plein Air Conversion in Las Vegas, where I’ll be speaking about marketing + art. I have arranged for my friends and colleagues to receive a special $100 discount on registration using the code PACET.

I think I will continue to mix watercolor and oil (not in the same painting!) as I continue to learn from both.   I hope your 2012 is filled with art and adventures to your liking.  Happy New Year, everyone!

San Miguel de Allende (Mexico)
San Miguel de Allende (Mexico)

Studying watercolor

Painting in watercolor is SO different from oil.  It’s a real challenge, but I’m enjoying it.  I decided to take a short break from oil painting to learn a new medium.  I’m sure I’ll return to oil soon, but enjoying the immediacy and delicacy required to paint watercolor.  Enjoy!

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San Luis Obispo Plein Air 2011

It has been an exhausting but inspiring and productive week preparing for the San Luis Obispo Plein Air show at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. The show opened today and runs throughout Sunday. Here are some of my works in the show. It was a week of dramatic weather, so I focused on that, particularly the clouds.

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Sunset, Oil/Linen, 12×9

 

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San Simeon, Oil/Linen, 12×16

 

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After the Rain, Oil/Linen, 11×14

 

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Rough Seas, Oil/Linen, 16×20

 

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Sunrise, Oil/Linen, 11×14

 

San Luis Obispo Plein Air show coming up

The San Luis Obispo Plein Air show is coming up! This is a great event. The artists have an wonderful variety of subjects to paint, from seascapes, cityscapes, vineyards and of course the town itself. I plan to paint all seascapes, but who knows, I’ve got to paint what inspires me! I’m staying most of the week at Ragged Point, at the very most northern boundary of San Luis Obispo county, just south to Big Sur. Here’s a list of events during the week:

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  • All Day: Festival artists paint throughout sanluis obispo County.
  • 11 am – 5 pm: “50 x 50” exhibits the colorful, diverse painting styles of this year’s 50 festival artists.
  • 5 pm: twilight in the vineyards: enjoy private tasting tour of two edna valley boutique wineries, watch talented painters and relax over an elegant dinner. $75 ticketed event.

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  • All Day: Festival artists paint throughout san luis obispo County.
  • 3 – 5 pm: Kids paint out, nearby Mission plaza lawn.
  • 7 pm: plein air painting demo, Museum of art.

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  • All Day: Festival artists paint throughout san luis Obispo County.
  • 7 pm: Movie night, documentary films on plein air painting, Museum of art.

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  • All Day: Festival artists paint throughout San Luis Obispo County.
  • 7 pm: painters and poets, poets read poems created while shadowing painters on location, Museum of art.
  • 6:30 – 8:30 pm: Farmers Market, one block from the Museum of art.

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  • 1 – 3 pm: Collectors luncheon, the first opportunity to view and purchase exhibit paintings. enjoy anelegant Kevin Main Jewelry / novo sponsored affair followed by wine and dessert at the Museum of art. $100 ticket applies in full to artwork purchased at the Festival exhibit.
  • 6 – 9 pm: art after dark, the public opening of the exhibit and sale, promises brisk sales, but no bare walls here! as paintings sell, replacements take their place.
  • 7 pm: exhibit awards presentation by juror libby tolley.

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  • 9 – 11:30 am: quick draw paint out, one block radiusof Museum includes Mission plaza and historic downtown.
  • 12 – 2:30 pm: quick draw exhibit and live auction, Mission plaza amphitheater.
  • 10am – 5 pm: Festival exhibit and sale continues to evolve throughout the weekend. stop by several times to see and purchase new artwork, Museum of art.

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  • 10 am – 4 pm: exhibit and sale continues, free admission, Museum of art.

View complete San Luis Obispo Plein Air information flyer (PDF)

I haven’t decided what to bring as my “preview” piece for the museum, but here’s last years, which sold 🙂 BTW, if you like this painting, this painting of the same area is available here. I’m willing to negotiate an unframed price. Let me know if you’re interested.

Avila Beach Bluffs, Oil on Linen, 12x16

SOLD

The painting adventures of Ed Terpening