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Plein Air Painting and rewardsTuesday, August 05, 2008 by Steve Hill
Filed under: Exhibits and Events
Afternoon Field
Afternoon Field
The painting here “Afternoon Field” was awarded a First Place ribbon in the juried competition at the San Juan Preservation Trust and Plein Air Painters of Washington exhibit of artwork last Saturday, August 2. The painting was done en plein air, in pastel, at Swift Bay Farms on Lopez Island on July 27.

Over 100 pieces were hung at the paint-out at The Red Mill Farm on San Juan Island (from more than 30 artists) for this juried show, held on a beautiful 800+ acre working farm owned by Dodie Gann. A special exhibit for these works will have an opening reception at Gallery San Juan in Friday Harbor next Saturday, August 9, from 4-8 p.m. and will hang through most of August. Several pieces from the live paint-out were sold at the auction and show last Saturday, including two of my own.

All of the participating artists have work hanging in the gallery for this annual show. I hope some of you will be able to view this important exhibit of plein air paintings done by some of the best artists in Washington State. I am honored to be included in this show and to receive a major award from The San Juan Preservation Trust for my work. Half of the proceeds from painting sales benefit the San Juan Preservation Trusts' land acquisition fund.

The importance of these works are a benchmark from every artist involved in this show... as well as the people who came to buy paintings at the auction in support and all the volunteers who provided food, music and time to help create this major event. All of these folks posses a keen sense of helping to preserve the rural character of the San Juan Islands and should be commended for giving their time, money and talents to a higher cause. Gallery San Juan and The Plein Air Painters of Washington group should also be noted as major contributors to this effort, as they have proudly invested hundreds of hours to create public awareness and to make this annual fund raising event successful.

Giclee prints are available for this piece in a limited edition of 250, signed and numbered by me. Size (image) is 11 x 15”. Price is $85 unframed and includes insured UPS shipping anywhere in the continental US.. Half size prints (5.5 x 7.5 and 250 limited edition) are available at $45, including shipping. If you wish to order, please contact me.

A new print gallery will soon be available on my web site for ltd. editions from most of my artwork, including the European paintings made from our recent trip.

Reader Comments



1. Wednesday, August 06, 2008 @ 12:33:10 AM by Cherise
good idea on the giclee prints Steve!!
2. Wednesday, August 06, 2008 @ 1:44:14 AM by Amanda Houston
Steve- I have enjoyed reading all your blogs this spring/summer and have to comment that your hard work is paying off. You have just leapfrogged into another level of painting this year and I am truly amazed by your recent work. WoW...and yes you deserve the blue ribbon at the Plein air show. I can see now why you were so eager to move on from Presidency and soley focus on painting. The fruits of your labor are surely showing. Best of luck. Would love to hook up on Lopez my next trip up. Cheers. Amanda
3. Wednesday, August 06, 2008 @ 1:51:55 AM by Carolyn
What a beautiful painting, Steve. I love the one of Iceburg Point too....and so many of the ones from your trip. I'm looking forward to seeing many of them at the Lopez Artist Tour coming up! Carolyn


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