I am pleased to announce participation in two special exhibits back east with 11 of my paintings from Cuba.
McBride Gallery to see some of my other pieces in this exhibit “Cuba Today: from studies to studio”. Each artist has a couple of plein air paintings done in Cuba, together with larger similar studio paintings.
Art on the Waterfront Gallery in Apalachicola, FL is also hosting artists from the same plein air painting trip to Cuba, with an opening on May7th. That show also runs through the month of June. I have three paintings from our trip at that gallery, with one pictured here. The gallery is located at 117 Market St and is open from 11-5 daily.
This was an historic plein air event and I am still working feverishly on new pieces done from studies in Cuba at my studio on Lopez Island, WA. The most amazing thing I felt about this painting experience was the half-century “time warp” that exists in Cuba! Not just the old cars which number in the tens of thousands just in Havana, but the entire country, it’s people (very friendly) and culture which has developed distinctive styles of music, art, dance and drama, like no other place I have ever travelled!
www.artontheboulevard.org to preview the show.
Reminder – there are still spaces available in both of my overseas plein air painting workshops, Korcula Island, Croatia June 5-14 www.slikamilina.ca and Bruges, Belgium www.frenchescapade.com June 30-July 7th. Click links to register
There were over 70 artists plus 35 spouses, collectors and patrons on this historic trip to Cuba, February 6-13. We all stayed at one hotel and bussed into the old city of Havana to paint on – site. Also to small fishing villages, like Cojimar, immortalized first by Lord Albermarle, in 1678 when the huge British war fleet invaded Havana though the back door, then much later by Earnest Hemmingway (1898-1961) who’s house (and boat, “Pilar”) there has become a museum. We visited many of Hemmingway’s haunts on this trip and you can still feel his presence. “The Old Man and the Sea” was written with Cojimar as the setting.
But beyond all that is modern day Cuba, still struggling with economic realities that make it seemingly impossible to exist in this beautiful Caribbean paradise. The people were so friendly, helpful and always giving more than they had to all of us on this trip, as we painted their culture. Those famous 1940’s-50’s cars have been kept running by hook and crook – shear mechanical genius, in fact. Look at it this way – the warranty, on say a 1948 Chevy, was never intended to go over one million miles, but it does in Cuba! The cars have become part of the Cuban’s legacy and according to our guide, are forbidden to be sold outside of Cuba – they are icons of their modern history and must be preserved. We are talking tens-of-thousands of these colorful old cars, just in Havana.
Never in the history of Cuba have so many artists arrived at the country just to paint and record our impressions of a place that has been locked in time for over a half century. It was truly a “time warp” for all of us and we knew that history was being made through paint brushes, pastel sticks and drawings that have captured the look and feel of this incredible place – all before the inevitable changes that will be made as the country steps into the modern world economy. Music, colorful clothing, the old cars all add into their daily lives that are wrapped around family and a sense of sharing.
I am sharing six of the eleven plein air paintings I did there in this blog and hope you enjoy. Some are more finished than others (time was a limiting factor) but I have enough visual information to work on hundreds more, from reference photos and field studies (sketches) that I did in Cuba!
Note: one of our group, Turner Vinson, has made a short video during this trip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=617LgZdfzVk
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.
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!
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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
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!
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.