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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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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!!
Sign-up here or call me at 360-468-2557 if any questions.
This review from ArtisSpectrum Magazine, Volume 31, May 2014.
“Steven R Hill's dreamy pastel on card landscapes offer a sensitive appreciation of gorgeous yet overlooked places. Hill is a master of finding private intimate corners even on a mundane city sidewalk. He frames his spaces tightly, with as little empty sky or ground as possible. Hill is attracted to urban and pastoral settings alike, and manages to find the same sort of peaceful grace in both.
Hill works en plein air to better “capture the more elusive moment-in-time, mood, feel or essence.” His pastel work is gentle but amazingly detailed, with a variety of textures that is difficult to achieve in the medium. His palette is expertly built out of many layers of hue to deepen and fully realize the multiplicity of natural light. Realism and just a hint of romanticism combine for Hill's uniquely nuanced atmospheres. He was born in Boise, Idaho and currently lives in Washington State's San Juan Islands. He spent many years as an abstract painter, and has exhibited widely on both coasts of the United States. His plein air work has won over 18 major awards in national and international juried fine art competitions over the past seven years.”
Agora Gallery - 530 West 25th Street, New York, NY.
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I have been juried into The 21st Annual Carmel Art Festival, May 15-18 at Carmel-by-the-sea, California. This is one of the premier western U.S. plein air painting competitions with 60 artists coming from all over the U.S. to paint en plein air and compete for cash prize awards.
Beyond the competition, this is a stunning place to paint on-site, at historical places like The Carmel Mission, Cannery Row and Monterrey Wharf, to sweeping vistas along the coast from Asilomar, Point Lobos, Moss Landing to Big Sur, as well as the Carmel Valley with rolling hills, adjacent fields of strawberries, artichokes and large farms to the east.
Somewhere, “out there” will be a perfect place for me to set-up my easel and do nothing but paint the landscape!
Hope to see many of you at the final exhibit, Saturday & Sunday, May 17 & 18 at Devendorf Park in Carmel. www.carmelartfestivalcalifornia.com for complete event details.