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.
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.
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.
“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.
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!
I am very pleased to announce my new gallery affiliation with Silver Queen Fine Art Gallery in Park City, Utah, and am very excited to have my work included in their beautiful art gallery . . . just in time for the Sundance Film Festival!
I will be showing pieces from my urban series of paintings, which include scenarios and scenes from our past painting trips (since 2004) all over Europe and the U.S. Some are done “en plein air” and others at my own Lopez Island studio, from reference sketches/photos taken as we have traveled.
Do stop by their gallery whenever you are anywhere near Park City and see the stunning and eclectic array of artwork on display. Be sure to properly greet Midas the Cat, royal gallery denizen and art critic, as you walk through the exhibit.
The gallery is located at: 577 Old Main St., Park City, Utah www.silverqueenfineart.com
A big thank you to the large crowd at our opening reception last Saturday night for “Croatia through Lopezian Artists’ Eyes” at the Lopez Community Center for the Arts! The exhibit hangs through January 5, 2015 and is a great opportunity to see artwork done entirely on site (en plein air) by Ralph Bladt, Anne Whirledge Karp and myself, while we were in Croatia this past September.
It’s never too early to start planning for an art workshop that require overseas travel and these are both just over 18 months away!
Europe in 2016
Island of Korcula, Croatia - June 5-14. Limited to 12 attendees (both artist and non artists). www.slikamilina.ca for full description and to register. All skill levels and mediums welcome, including pastel & oils (my live demo mediums), acrylics, watercolor and drawing. This will be my third workshop there!
Bruges, Belgium – June 30-July 7. Maximum 12 students, all skill levels and mediums encouraged (I will be doing most of my live demos in pastel and oils). www.frenchescapade.com for complete details and to register.
Both workshops in Europe will be spent painting outdoors, with emphasis on simplifying subject matter and making paintings that respond quickly to any subject. Daily live demos start each day with lots of help at each student’s easel during the entire workshop. Each day will end with very informative problem solving critique sessions and reviews of student work. Expect to come away with a whole new vocabulary in painting and a fabulous, fun experience. Gourmet food, touring to spectacular painting sites and lots of extra cultural experiences are major parts in each workshop!!
I am also teaching again in 2015 at Dakota Art Center, Mt. Vernon, WA, beginning this spring
March 21/22 & 28/29 Introduction to Pastels – 2 weekends, half days
June 25-27 Introduction to Plein Air Pastels (3 full days)
Please visit their web site: www.dakotaartcenter.com for complete details. These are both pastel only workshops!
Lopez Community Center for the Arts, from 5-7 p.m.
Ralph Bladt, Anne Whirledge - Karp and I have all been busy preparing for this show, having just returned from sunny, warm, Croatia just a little over 2 months ago. I will have pieces from my live instructional demos from the art workshop at Korcula Island, as well as some other Croatia paintings.
We are all excited to be showing our works together, plus sharing a slide show of our trip. We had a fantastic time painting, learning and eating wonderful foods as we travelled from Dubrovnik to Korcula Island and back last September. The show hangs until January 5th.
Hope to see you at the reception!
Twenty four artists from around the U.S. were invited to participate. Everyone worked from dawn to dusk (and even at night) for five days straight, to interpret and paint the canyon lands, from above and below, in what can only be described as frenetic energy, producing well over 300 original works for exhibit and sale Friday, Nov. 8th at the Zion Nature Center. Mediums were oil, water color, acrylic and pastel, which I used for this painting. Art collectors who attended the opening reception numbered in the hundreds and set a park record for sales this year (well over $160,000) that benefit Zion’s Youth Education program each year.
When awards were announced during the opening, I was pleased to learn that my painting was given the Superintendent of Zion National Park Purchase and Cash Award and will be put into the permanent art collection at Zion National Park.
It will hang in perpetuity among others that date back to iconic artist Thomas Moran, whose sketches of the park in the 1880’s became large paintings, influencing President Wm. Howard Taft to declare Zion a national park, to Maynard Dixon and many others who have been given permanent collection status here.