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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. "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. 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

Thank you and Happy HolidaysThursday, December 11, 2014 by Steve Hill
Filed under: Exhibits and Events
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.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to announce my next overseas art workshops and wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season.
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). 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). 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: for complete details. These are both pastel only workshops!

Croatia through Lopezian Artists' EyesSaturday, December 06, 2014 by Steve Hill
Filed under: Exhibits and Events
Harbor In The Evening
Harbor In The Evening
Tonight, Saturday, December 6, is the opening reception of a special exhibit "Croatia through Lopezian Artists' Eyes" at the 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!

Zion 2014Saturday, November 15, 2014 by Steve Hill
Filed under: Exhibits and Events

This painting which I titled “Soft Glow” was done en plein air, just after daybreak on Wednesday, November 5th, along the Virgin River where it dips under the “Court of the Patriarchs” during the Sixth Annual Zion National Park Plein Air Painting Invitational.

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.

Zion National ParkMonday, October 27, 2014 by Steve Hill
Filed under: Exhibits and Events
Quiet Ascent
Quiet Ascent
The original pastel pictured here is titled “Quiet Ascent” and is a larger painting I did for the Zion National Park Plein Air Invitational Exhibit and Competition. I will be painting alongside 23 other artists selected from across the U.S., from November 3-10.

For me, it is an honor to be re-invited to a major art event like this, and more importantly, to have an entire week to paint on-site in this spectacular setting!

All of the artists will be performing live demos in their chosen mediums – my demo at the Zion Human Interest Museum on Monday afternoon, Nov. 3. Special lectures on Zion will be presented by park staff and the wet paint sale will be Friday, Nov 7. For complete schedules and details go to the Zion National Park web site. Hope to see you there!

Home from Croatia!Monday, October 06, 2014 by Steve Hill
Filed under: Travel
We have been home from Croatia for a few days now and I'd like to share some images of live demo paintings I did for the Croatia Art Experience Workshop. These are 3 of my 9 demo pieces now finished for framing. They are for sale at our Windswept Fine Art Gallery on Lopez, inquiries welcome.

Tending the Nets
Tending the Nets
I will be finishing the other paintings over the next couple of weeks and have all of them ready for a collective exhibit with two other Lopez Island Artists, Ralph Bladt and Anne Whirledge Karp, who also travelled to Croatia for this experience. We will announce the time (probably Thanks giving weekend) and venue through blogs, ads in the Islands Weekly and Lopez Rocks, soon.

Hauled Out
Hauled Out
In the meantime, we are enjoying nice autumn weather on Lopez Island, very similar to what we had in Croatia . . . minus @ 20 degrees Fahrenheit and warm swims in the Adriatic Sea every evening, much welcomed after a hard days painting in southern Croatia.

Three in a Row
Three in a Row
Stay tuned for a very unique exhibit coming up!

Croatian FishermanWednesday, September 24, 2014 by Steve Hill
Filed under: Travel
Croatian Fisherman
Croatian Fisherman
We are in Croatia, where I am leading a plein air painting experience with 10 students on the island of Korcula, near Dubrovnik. The light around the Adriatic Sea this time of year, gives everything a warm glow and seems to intensify the turquoise waters.

A fisherman tending his boat and nets at Lumbarda (the village where we are all staying) provided an ideal “live” model as I had chosen his boat to demonstrate water reflections for the group, just before he hopped aboard. The russet colored fishing net and small white floats, all carefully wrapped for his next trip out on the water begged my attention as a painter.

He stayed aboard just long enough to strike an interesting pose and gave me a wonderful opportunity to capture a fleeting moment in time.

Windswept Studios and Fine Art Gallery Labor Day Weekend Studio Tour Sat, Sun and Mon., August 30-September 1.

This year we are featuring over 100 original framed paintings by Steve, and over 40 “unframed half price” originals from all over the islands, the U.S., and 9 countries in Europe, done over the past few years. They include landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes – plus many with the human figure in motion, as they are all painted on-site. There will also be some live tutorial demos (works in-progress) set-up to show the steps he uses when painting outdoors.

Steve's list of awards grows with his continued full-time involvement as a plein air artist, world traveler and workshop instructor. We hope you will be able to visit our home gallery and see his newest works, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, August 30-September 1.

783 Port Stanley Rd., just across the road from the north-end fire station. Hours are 9-5 during the tour as well as “Labor Day” Monday, September 1st!

Upcoming Pastel Workshop July 2014

To my blog subscribers and aspiring plein air painters! I am teaching another beginning/intermediate level plein air painting workshop at Dakota in Mt. Vernon, July 12/13 and 19/20 (2 weekends). This workshop still has a few spaces left.

If you've always wanted to take that little step from the studio to the great outdoors, we are looking at near perfect summer weather, some great new painting sites around the fabled Skagit Valley, including the Northern State Recreation Area, near Sedro Woolley (lots of wonderful old abandoned dairy barns set against the mountainous backdrop of the Cascades) old sloughs and boats, La Conner, Edison Slough, Swinomish Channel and estuaries!

The farm fields are now in full summer colors, with ochre and russet tinted grasses among the many shades of warm greens, cut crops creating windrow patterns, tall cypress trees . . . all amidst the glowing light that only exists in the Skagit Valley area!!

Old Friend Connection
Old Friend Connection
I love how the light over there slips through the cracks of old barns, especially where open doors give a little sense of mystique in the shadows, almost as if you are time-warped back into the decades. All great subject matter to paint and I do live demos each day, plus assist all workshop attendees at their easels. Learn to paint with conviction and simplify subjects into great compositions that can be painted within 2-3 hours!

Sign-up here or call me at 360-468-2557 if any questions.
Steve Hill

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