its crazy after all the postings and prep for months in advance and the event comes and goes in a heart beat. I watched the weather reports intently the last few days and expected the worst conditions. The morning was really wet, the skies so grey. Then as I picked up another artist for the event, suddenly, there was blue sky bits in the direction we were headed.
it was the best plein air for me because of all the artists I have come to know and now better recognize and enjoy some time to chat together.
the quality of the work was just incredible! The prizes were the best yet!
master winner of the Dan Gray trophy was Brod Wong - and he was literally stunned to hear his name called. He has been practising and working hard on his style and it really showed!
there are always lots of side stories to the event - but I think the biggest one was Mike Rossiter and I finding out 10 minutes before the event started that we were at the wrong location. Tent number 13 was not where we were. We scrambled to get reset up and all the preliminary thinking about our painting - well - it just had to disappear from our minds to focus on our view at hand. I really appreciate all the friends that came by for the event!
so..now it’s back to reality and planning out some real painting time besides the work that I am preparing for my classes. The planning, goal setting and more doesn’t stop, but the energy and creativity from the great plein air weekend doesnt fade away - it just helps to jump start all the new things ahead.
kudos to Mark Glavina, Pheonix workshop staff and volunteers for all their hard work and effort over the weekend!!!