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Cuba!Saturday, February 06, 2016 by Steve Hill
Filed under: Exhibits and Events
Cuba Palette
Cuba Palette
Somewhere in this wild palette of colors are paintings I will be doing in Cuba!!
On February 6th, one hundred plein air painters, mostly from the U.S., will be arriving at Havana, Cuba for a week long special painting trip to the “forbidden island” . . . and I’m totally excited to be one of them.

“Paint Cuba” is an artists’ invitational and historic painting event, organized and led by B. Eric Rhoads, publisher of Plein Air Magazine. No group of painters this size has ever been allowed to visit Cuba, in the history of the island. We will all be focused on recording our impressions in a country that has been standing still in time, preserved as though forgotten for five decades. www.pleinairmagazine.com

I will be posting some images of my artwork done in Cuba, after Judy and I return (there’s no easy way to do that from Cuba). I look forward to having a special showing of the works, when we return. I know that every artist going over is already feeling an historic connection and will be producing some incredible work.



2016 Workshops have startedWednesday, January 27, 2016 by Steve Hill
Filed under: Exhibits and Events

2016 Workshops have started – the photos here are students from my Pastel Workshop taught at San Juan Islands Museum of Art in Friday Harbor, January 16-18

I had twelve very enthusiastic students who all produced some incredible landscape paintings, once we got through the “basic pastel stroke exercises” the first day. There are now some painters honing their new skills and headed for their studios in the San Juan Islands! This was the first full-capacity art instruction workshop at this beautiful new museum and I was very honored to have been selected to lead it!

Oyster Man
Oyster Man
The painting pictured here, is one of my live demos titled “Oyster Man” done from reference photos and sketches at the estuary between Shoal and Swifts Bay, near our home on Lopez Island. It is available at my gallery for $900 framed. Spencer’s Landing Marina and Shoal Bay form the background, at low tide.

My next local workshop will be at Dakota Art Center, Mt. Vernon, March 18/19 & 25/26. These are half-day sessions spread over 2 weeks to give extended learning time for everyone. We already have 5 sign-ups and it’s limited to 14 total. www.dakotaartcenter.com for details and to register for beginning/intermediate level pastel with Steve Hill.

A reminder for those who have indicated an interest in traveling to Europe with me in June/July, there is still space in my two workshops.

Korcula Island, Croatia June 5-14 www.slikamilina.ca for full info and to register

Bruges, Belgium June 30-July7 www.frenchescapade.com

Check-out both web sites and start planning your European painting adventure now. Both are limited to 14 total and are incredible deals with food, ground transportation, lodging and painting instruction from me.



Plein Air Magazine Award Saturday, December 19, 2015 by Steve Hill
Filed under: Exhibits and Events
Sol Duc Morning
Sol Duc Morning
I have just been notified by Stephen Doherty, editor of Plein Air Magazine my painting “Sol Duc Morning” has been awarded “Best Overall Pastel” in the October/November bimonthly Plein Air Salon competition. The jurist was Jim Peterson, owner of Mockingbird Gallery, Bend, Oregon.

It was painted en plein air during the “Paint the Peninsula Invitational Juried Competition” held at Port Angeles Fine Art Center last September. The same painting won an honorable mention at that event, by jurist and noted plein air artist, Gil Dellinger and now resides in my permanent collection.

It will be printed in Plein Air Magazine – Salon Winners, February/March, 2016 issue. This painting is now a semi-final winner and will be considered for the cash awards which will be announced during the PleinAir Convention in Tucson, AZ in April 2016.
View the on-line announcement and other paintings here.



2016 Pastel WorkshopsTuesday, December 08, 2015 by Steve Hill
Filed under: Exhibits and Events

2016 Pastel Workshops with Steven R Hill



To my regular Art blog subscribers: This is a list of the 5 workshops (pastel and plein air painting) that I am giving in 2016, together with links to the various organizers and trip guides. I hope some of you can attend and please feel free to forward this to your artist friends!

Beginning/Intermediate level Pastel Workshop - Islands Museum of Art


Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA

January 16-18 I will be teaching the basics of the pastel medium in a very comprehensive manner. This one is already starting to fill – limited to 12 total. http://sjima.org to register and for more information.

Two Art Experiences scheduled in Europe June and July 2016



Korcula Island, Croatia, June 5-12
Needs a few more sign-ups to fill. 8 - 14 total participants. Deadline: March 5, 2016. This is a 10 day travel holiday/art workshop in the Adriatic Sea, which starts and ends in beautiful Dubrovnik! This will be my 3rd Croatia workshop with Lynda Milina, whose friendly and accommodating part-Croatian heritage shines through, as she takes us all over the island to paint at the many gorgeous seaside and mountain village sites – including a private boat trip to a nearby island, to paint at a monastery. Cultural walks around the neighboring village of Lumbarda, wine tastings, even sword dancing (Korcula City) plus shopping at the ancient cities of Korcula and Dubrovnik! All mediums welcome- Steve will be doing daily live painting demos in pastel and will provide help at your easels, plus positive, helpful group critique sessions each evening. For complete pricing info and to register for this all inclusive tour (lodging, ground transportation, & local gourmet meals) : www.slikamilina.ca

Bruges, Belgium, June 30-July 7
Only two more sign ups will make this one a “go”!
Bruges is the “little Venice of Belgium and the medieval capital of the Flemish Painters”! Jackie Grandchamps, our bi-lingual tour leader and Belgian native, provides expert hand-guided excursions where we will paint medieval towns, canals, mills, beaches & countryside, plus enjoy the gourmet foods and chocolates that have made Belgium a culinary landmark. A visit to the Flemish Painters Museum, lace making demo, boat rides in Bruges and a visit to Brussels included. Click for pricing info and to sign up. All mediums welcome – live daily pastel demos and help at your easels, led by Steve. 8- 12 participants. Jackie Grandchamps, organizer. 510-483-5713. Lodging, comfortable ground transportation and most meals included!

Two Dakota Art Workshops in Mt. Vernon, WA


my 5th year teaching at Dakota!

March 18/19 & 25/26 beginning level pastel (two weekends-ltd to 14 total)

September 22-24 Intro to Pastel Plein Air (3 day workshop) www.dakotapastels.com for full info and to sign-up. These classes fill quickly, so register early.

Steve Hill - 360-468-2557 for any other questions - Happy Holidays to all!




Worthington GalleryFriday, November 27, 2015 by Steve Hill
Filed under: Exhibits and Events
Virgin River Action
Virgin River Action
I am very excited and honored to have my paintings from Zion National Park represented by Worthington Gallery in Springdale, Utah. In business for 40 years, Worthington Gallery is one of the premier fine art sales galleries in the southwest. This newly expanded gallery offers high quality artwork in many mediums, from pottery, sculpture and glass to oils, watercolors, acrylics and pastel – all underscoring the gallery’s deep commitment to exhibit artwork influenced by the vast desert and canyon lands of southern Utah, especially Zion National Park.

I have eleven pastels done from my past three years of plein air painting trips to Zion, now at the gallery, and continue to work on larger Zion pieces from my studio.

“Virgin River Action” (pictured here - 18x15 framed) was completed November 7, 2015, near the entrance to the narrows canyon and is priced at $800.

Stop by Worthington Gallery at 789 Zion Park Boulevard in Springdale, Utah (open daily year-round) and be sure to visit their web site www.worthingtongallery.com for updates and images of my work at the gallery. Artists are listed alphabetically by first name on the gallery web site.




Summer Glory, Mt. Baker
Summer Glory, Mt. Baker
I am very pleased and honored to announce that one of my plein air paintings “Summer Glory II” received the juror's award at The 2015 Northwest Pastel Society Members Exhibit on Vashon Island, WA, from Jennifer Evenhus. The award came with a beautiful 48 color landscape set of Holbein Artists’ Soft Pastel sticks by Holbein Company in Williston, VT., which are among the finest pastel sticks on the market and already put to good use in my studio!

Plein Air Passion
Plein Air Passion
One other painting “Plein Air Passion” which was done in September at Olympic National Park was also accepted into the NPS members’ exhibit. The show hangs at Vashon Allied Arts Gallery, 19704 Vashon Highway, sw on Vashon Island, through November 28th.
Unfortunately, I missed the show opening because I was one of twenty four artists participating in the 7th Annual Zion National Park Plein Air Invitational, that same weekend in southern Utah. More on the Zion event in my next blog.




2015 Zion National ParkThursday, October 29, 2015 by Steve Hill
Filed under: Exhibits and Events
Rock Woven Light Sinawava
Rock Woven Light Sinawava
The 7th Annual 2015 Zion National Park Plein Air Invitational is Monday, November 2 -Sunday November 8th.

I am one of 24 artists selected nationwide to paint at Zion. This is my 3rd consecutive year to be invited back to this fantastic painting locale and event! Last year, my painting “Soft Glow” won the park superintendent’s purchase award and now hangs in their permanent collection.

The piece here “Rock Woven Light, Sinawava” is my studio piece for the exhibit and measures 33.5 x 27.5 framed, priced at $3000. It will be hanging at Zion Human History Museum together with several other plein air paintings that I will produce during this week-long event.

Each artist gives a live public painting demo – mine will be on Tuesday, Nov. 3rd at the back patio of the Zion Human Interest Museum, at 2 p.m. The opening gala, Friday, NOV. 6TH is by invitation only and the public art sale and exhibit is Saturday & Sunday, November 7 -8, from 9-5 p.m.

For complete schedules and details about the silent auction for artists’ demo pieces, lectures and quick finish painting sites, go to www.zionpark.org



Paint the PeninsulaMonday, October 12, 2015 by Steve Hill
Filed under: Exhibits and Events
Morning Event
Morning Event
“Paint the Peninsula” invitational plein air event at Port Angeles, Washington, was a very rewarding experience in September. Incredible painting sites that encompassed all of Olympic National Park – from the ocean beaches to Hurricane Ridge, Sequim, Dungeness Spit and all the beautiful rivers like the Elwha and Sol Duc where I painted twice, just to name a few. The organizers had something special going for all of the artists every step of the way. . . from host housing to dinners out almost every night, plus a great opening reception at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center culminating the event.

Sol Duc Morning
Sol Duc Morning
I won 2 awards during the event. The first was the Dungeness Spit Wildlife Refuge Manager’s Award, selected by Jennifer Brown-Scott for “Morning Event”. The second, an honorable mention, came from Gil Dellinger, awards juror for the event, for my painting “Sol Duc Morning” painted on that same river.
Being invited to paint in a field of very accomplished artists is both rewarding and challenging, as I feel my ever-steeper learning curve benefits a great deal from that kind of camaraderie and exposure.

I am embarking on a whole new series this winter in my studio, using the oil painting medium, with water as a theme, so the river “painting practice” en plein air this past summer has been just great!



2015 Paint the Peninsula eventSunday, September 06, 2015 by Steve Hill
Filed under: Exhibits and Events
Do The Ocean Motion With Me
Do The Ocean Motion With Me
I am one of 27 artists selected nationally to participate in the 3rd annual “Paint the Peninsula” juried competition at Port Angeles, Washington, September 7-13. We will all be painting within the Olympic National Park, as well as areas around Port Angeles and Sequim with a special exhibit at the Port Angeles Fine Art Center where we each submit 4 paintings to be juried. The invited artists are coming from all over the U.S. and Canada to paint and compete for awards – wish me luck!

The painting here “Do the Ocean Motion with Me” (sorry, couldn’t resist the title from an old rock hit lyric “Locomotion” ) was done in early August at Rialto Beach on the Washington coast, as a practice run for this event. Moving water is always a challenge, and this one was no exception.



Asian Market - Flusing, NY
Asian Market - Flusing, NY
Labor Day Weekend . . . 28 studios, 41 artists!
I am ready - with well over 200 original works in pastel & oils and plus selected works from “life drawing” sessions on display and for sale at our home/gallery from my plein air painting and travel adventures all over the U.S. and Europe!! Many new Lopez Island pieces will be featured alongside works from 9 European countries, Zion National Park, California, Oregon, Idaho and back east.

Field at Red Tail Lane
Field at Red Tail Lane
We are doing our very popular “reduced-price unframed originals (both pastels and oils) again this year, as an economical way to add an original work of art to your collection and now have @ 50 ready to go for the studio tour. The concept is quite simple - I don’t have to add another frame cost and labor to my inventory, and you can pick your own to match the piece and your personal taste. Most pastels can be framed for @ $150, with Tru Vue museum glass, a nice matt or extra wide molding. For example (using round numbers here) a framed original priced at say $1000 can be purchased for $500 - $600, unframed. When you add the $150 to frame the piece – well, you do the math. Oils can be framed for even less!

We provide complete framing instructions that you can take to your favorite shop. Hint: Michael’s , Aaron Bros., and others are always putting up sales at 50% off if you just watch. Unframed originals are totally protected in special foam core hinged- mats, secured with glassine and carefully wrapped to deliver to your framer.

We still offer free, insured shipping within the continental U.S., on any originals (framed or unframed) sold from our gallery. This will be a very good year to see lots of my latest works - and enjoy the live painting demos I have planned just for the studio tour. Hope to see you Labor Day Weekend!

783 Port Stanley Rd.
Lopez Island, Wa

Saturday, Sept. 5, 9-5 and Sunday, Sept. 6, 9-4.




The 22nd Annual Carmel Art Festival (May 14-17) -provided a great venue for painting along Big Sur and around Carmel, plus an excellent exhibit featuring the 60 artists juried into this year’s event.




One of my pieces “Rockfish” painted en plein air near Soberanes Point along the Big Sur coastline line sold at the festival. I have also delivered 4 new pieces done during the same week to New Masters Gallery in Carmel, where my art work is now represented.




“New Day, Carmel River Estuary” and “Carmel Valley Sentinel”, (the old barn at Garland State Park, a former working ranch in Carmel Valley) are two that are pictured here. Hope you enjoy and can see these pieces up close at New Masters Gallery, on Dolores between Ocean and 7th. I am a new artist at this gallery and proud to exhibit among some of the finest painters in America.



Two exciting announcements!Friday, April 10, 2015 by Steve Hill
Filed under: Exhibits and Events
Hauled Out at Rascice Harbor
Hauled Out at Rascice Harbor
My art work has just been accepted into New Masters Gallery in Carmel, California and I just shipped six original pastels to the gallery, representing my plein air work from California, Oregon and Croatia!

In business for 41 years, New Masters Gallery has gained a top professional reputation as one of the finest galleries in California, representing a diverse selection of very accomplished artists from all over the U.S. The gallery is located on Dolores between Ocean Ave & 7th. www.newmastersgallery.com "Hauled out at Rascice, Croatia" is one of my paintings at the gallery

I am also very pleased to have been juried into the 22nd Annual Carmel Art Festival May 14-17, where I will again be painting among 60 artists from all around the U.S. and Canada, at some very spectacular sites, including Carmel, Monterey, Point Lobos and Big Sur.

www.carmelartfestivalcalifornia.com. See the schedule of events and how to do absentee bidding on-line, if you can’t make the festival.

I’ll take any and all good luck wishes for doing my best work there, especially with this particular crowd! Hope to see many of you at this year’s festival!



 
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