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A special Artists' reception at Art on the Boulevard, will be this Friday, March 7th from 5-9 p.m. “The Art of Pastel” features my work with 3 other pastel artists. The exhibit runs through March 29th and we hope to see many of you this Friday!

The original reception was cancelled in early February, due to a horrible snow/ice storm that forced the gallery to close. Much better weather is predicted for the upcoming reception!

Distant Fog, Charles Island
Distant Fog, Charles Island
One of my plein air pieces in the exhibit, painted last October, from the back of a boat in the San Juan Islands, is pictured here. The gallery is located at 210 West Evergreen Boulevard, Vancouver, WA.



I just had to break the ice and go outside to paint today. So, I caught some ice (think winter Olympics - it's that cold here!) and headed to my favorite estuary at Port Stanley, about a mile from home. I loved how the ice formed-up during our recent nor'easter, leaving small, tell-tale frozen layers of salt water in this shallow estuary. That old farm house in the distance has been there for over 100 years and made a nice counter color to the frozen estuary. I think it's finished but will have another look tomorrow, after I warm up! Painting outside also reminded me about the upcoming workshops I'm teaching.






2014 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE.



MARCH 22/23 & 29/30 ~ Half - day sessions (consecutive weekends)
Dakota Art Center $200
Introduction to Pastel www.dakotaartcenter.com 1-888-345-0067 ext. 5

MAY 30 – JUNE 1
Painting the Landscape in Pastels – 3 days. $240 members/$290 non-members
Visual Art Alliance of Springfield (Missouri) www.visartalliance.com to register
Contact Sherri Davis sdavis_arts@hotmail.com

JULY 12/13 & 19/20 ~ Half - day sessions (2 weekends)
Dakota Art Center $200
Introduction to Plein Air Pastel www.dakotaartcenter.com 1-888-345-0067 ext. 5

Korcula Island, Croatia
SEPTEMBER 14-23
This is where you paint, travel, learn and eat in grand style on one of the most stunning islands in the Adriatic Sea! This art trip starts and ends in beautiful Dubrovnik, and there are still a couple of spaces available, as of this posting. $2450 Artists, $2250 non-artist travelling companion - Canadian Funds
Includes all accommodations, food, ground/ferry and boat transportation!
Contact Lynda Milina www.slikamilina.ca for details and to register.



Tonight's reception for the exhibit “The Art of Pastel” where my work is featured with 3 other pastel artists at “Art on the Boulevard” in Vancouver, Washington, has been cancelled due to severe winter weather.

Kevin Weaver, gallery director, just emailed the cancellation notice with apologies for bad weather timing to all. Good call on his part – there was a 28 car pile-up on I-5, just north of Vancouver, yesterday. Round #2 of the storm shows up today.

"The show is hung and beautiful" Kevin says – and can be viewed on-line at www.artontheboulevard.org.

Thankfully, it is a 2 month show and hangs through the end of March. Another opening reception for the artists will be held at the gallery Friday, March 7th - and we'll be there!

Afternoon Break, Dublin
Afternoon Break, Dublin
I am attaching a new piece I had planned to take for tonight's opening, from our recent painting trip to Ireland, which will be at the gallery for the March 7th opening.



2013 RecapSunday, February 02, 2014 by Steve Hill
Filed under: Exhibits and Events

What a year! 2013 presented many new plein air painting opportunities, combined with travel to great locations . . . including the stunning San Juan Islands of Washington State, where I live. It's all in a years' work and I'd like to share a shot of one corner of my studio, with some works-in-progress.

The short list includes my home town of Boise, Idaho, last June, then straight to Annapolis, Maryland for a national competition where I won a first place award, then to Ireland and England for the month of August, back to the islands again, a vacation/painting week at Whistler B.C., Canada and the grand finale: Zion National Park for another juried plein air painting competition “In the Footsteps of Thomas Moran” in November, where one of my paintings won an award.

Bridge at Enniscorthy, Ireland
Bridge at Enniscorthy, Ireland
8th Street market, Boise
8th Street market, Boise
On the way home from Zion, a 10 day stop to visit my two beautiful sisters in Goodyear, Arizona, where I gave a live painting demo to 20 members of the Pebble Creek Art Club, then through California to Oregon spending 3 days at Brookings, painting fabulous coastal rocks, surf and breaking waves – it seems almost dream-like now as I work to finish and frame many paintings made during our travels.

Fine November Day, Brookings, Oregon
Fine November Day, Brookings, Oregon
The beauty of travelling to so many really cool places, is stepping into the studio to decide “where do I want to go today?” as I review about three dozen “works-in-progress” pinned to the cork strips surrounding the walls of my studio. At present, two are in progress from reference sketches and photos in Irish and English pubs.

Perhaps it's my own heritage staring back at me, or the ethereal quality of interior lights bouncing off the colorful walls and old woodwork that has focused my attention here . . . but I also know that I'll move on to something new by next week – outdoors, even in winter!

Many of the newest pieces I've done in 2013 will be hanging in a special gallery exhibit, with 4 other pastel artists: “The Art of Pastel” which opens next Friday, February 7th, at Art on the Boulevard, 210 W. Evergreen Avenue, Vancouver, Washington.

Opening reception for the 4 featured artists is from 5-9 p.m.
To view the exhibit: www.artontheboulevard.org Hope to see some of you there!



Zion ExperienceMonday, November 11, 2013 by Steve Hill
Filed under: USA

Painting for the past 10 days at Zion National Park amidst the most stunning landscape and ethereal colors I have ever experienced, can best be described as immersion into another world. Even this view, painted at sundown yesterday from our host-provided casita has infinite possibilities for further exploration in pastel, oil and watercolor – all mediums I will be employing in the next several months. A special journey has begun here, one I plan to re-visit many times!



Zion Exhibit openingSaturday, November 09, 2013 by Steve Hill
Filed under: USA
My painting “Virgin River Guardian” won a top purchase award of $1600 at last night's opening reception for the Zion National Park Plein Air Painting Competition.

The event was attended by several hundred guests who enjoyed seeing the results (@150 paintings from 24 artists) from the week-long paint out in this spectacular national park.

I am posting my unsold (and favorite) pieces still available during the exhibit, which ends Monday at noon at the Zion Nature Center Gallery. I will continue to paint Through Monday . If you are interested in purchasing any please email znha_jillb@yahoo.com

White Temple $1600
White Temple $1600
Virgin River Trilogy $800
Virgin River Trilogy $800
Sinavava Entrance $1200
Sinavava Entrance $1200
Morning Shadow $1600
Morning Shadow $1600

Eagle Crag Morning $1600
Eagle Crag Morning $1600
Deer Crossing @ $1200
Deer Crossing @ $1200




Painting Zion Day 4Thursday, November 07, 2013 by Steve Hill
Filed under: USA
Painting a sun moment.
Painting a sun moment.
I had an early morning start at around 31 degrees to catch a sun moment at "Big Bend" in Zion National park. Day 4 painting and I have never enjoyed painting this much. Everywhere I turn I see another painting. And guess what I'm becoming really good at painting rocks.



Painting Zion day 3Wednesday, November 06, 2013 by Steve Hill
Filed under: USA

Tuesday still chilly but with sunlight. Every artist here took to finding the shadows. With 24 painters here you would think you would bump into one now and then. But then thinking about the expanse of this place I can see why we didn't. Hundreds if not thousands of photographers gather here. One photographer who observed me painting said, "Now that is a slow shutter speed."





Painting Zion Day 2Wednesday, November 06, 2013 by Steve Hill
Filed under: USA

Monday turned cold with flat light (i.e. cloudy)so I took to painting water. First a small water fall around big boulders just below the entrance to the Narrows. Second painting a small water fall near the River walk parking lot. It doesn't really matter where you set up there is always something just as exciting to paint behind you.








Prepping for Zion painting competitionSaturday, November 02, 2013 by Steve Hill
Filed under: USA
Prepping for Zion Plein Air Invitational event

Lots of packing and driving from Lopez Island, Washington for this much anticipated event- @ 1400 miles. Today we simply rode the bus through the park and spent the entire afternoon hiking/exploring only 2 spots along the way.

The looks on the faces of every hiker along the trail were just as happy as mine and seemed to reflect the special aura of this place . . . maybe a greater connection with ourselves in an environment removed from all we know. Whatever it is, I am just as ready to respond with a few strokes of pigment in my own concert with the ancient painters whose work is still visible on the walls.

If we have learned anything, at all, it is here to see.



I have been invited, as one of twenty four nationally recognized artists, to participate in the 5th Annual “Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational”, November 4-11, 2013, at Zion National Park, in Utah.

Dance of the Hours
Dance of the Hours
My painting here – “Dance of the Hours” is currently on display at the park, as one of two pieces sent for a special introductory pre-show exhibit.

The event “In the Footsteps of Thomas Moran” is the biggest annual public event at Zion. Each of the 24 artists are expected to finish at least 8 plein air paintings during the course of one week, as well as present a live, narrated painting demo for the public at the park headquarters. My live demo will be November 7th, at the Zion Nature Center.

Thousands of park visitors observe the artists, as they paint “en plein air” at this spectacular venue. A special collective exhibit plus quick draw competition will be held November 9, 10 & 11th, when the artists turn-in the work they have completed. There are also free lectures like “The Role of Art in Landscape Conservation” and “Pre-historic Rock Art” among others.
www.zionpark.org to see a list of the other artists and for complete event details.



Pan Pastel InterviewTuesday, October 22, 2013 by Steve Hill
Filed under: Artwork
Tombolo at Fisherman Bay
Tombolo at Fisherman Bay
This Q&A Interview was just published on the Colorfin Corporation e-news list, and features some of my latest plein air work, using my favorite medium, “Pan Pastels”.

Read it here: http://paintdrawblend.com/2013/10/steven-hill/

I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed painting!



 
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