An outdoors lover and environmentalist at heart, Maureen is currently Vice Chair at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, who’s mission is Motivating individuals and communities to care for the environment through education, research, and avian wildlife rehabilitation. She is also a New England delegate for Wilderness preservation and supports promotion of America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act. Many of her creative inspirations come from these interests and appreciations.
Maureen Sheldon will be demonstrating the Art of Monoprints and will be using cutouts to help create shapes within the print. Monoprints are easy, fun, and fit the en plein air spirit perfect!
View more of Maureen’s work here.
Painting nocturnes is exciting! Bring your gear and a headlight. Learn the essentials to a visual idea for painting in the dark on location, or even in the studio from photographs when you arrive back home.
Carol Johansen is a landscape artist living in rural Utah. She enjoys traveling extensively throughout the West exploring the space and rhythm of her surroundings, employing strokes of expressive color. Carol prefers to paint directly from life, painting en plein air scenes filled with the ever changing landscape from daylight into dark. She graduated with a Bachelor Degree from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. See Carol’s work here.
Join Stephen Van Handel for a nighttime painting adventure along the shores of Wide Hollow Reservoir.
When Stephen retired from his career three years ago as an art director and designer in advertising, he thought he would return to music. Composition, performing and recording on his personal music label was like living in a parallel universe. He worked in big Los Angeles agencies during the day and recorded music into the wee hours of night. He produced and recorded three CDs of his own music and won a prestigious album cover design award in the process. Music was his way of staying absolutely passionate.
A year after retirement he picked up the brush again and fell in love with “a meditation”. As he says, I hadn’t painted since art school and the rediscovery of fine art – through canvas & oil paint – brings me the joy of following my bliss and staying on this new found ‘painter’s path’. Out in the natural world, where I am most comfortable as an outdoorsman, is when I feel the sublime elation that my life is as finely tuned as possible in this constant meditation.
Stephen’s first entry into a plein air competition was with ECAF last year, where he won Best of Show – Oil/Acrylic.
In this demo, Peggy will help you understand how to free up your painting style with strong use of design elements like color choices, value, line and shape. Composition and cropping techniques, as well as eliminating unwanted “stuff”, will also be discussed. Peggy works loose and fast and most often with the largest brush possible or painting spatula. Her lively work emphasizes the feeling of the place, not an exact replication. She works in acrylics, enjoying the bold, intense color. If you are looking for a demo that will help you to loosen up, this is the one.
Although Peggy’s demo will be done in acrylics, the primary goals of having fun, loosening up, and exploring color theory are universal and may be applied to any medium.
Peggy Trigg was born in Santa Fe and raised on cattle ranches outside the old mining towns of Cerrillos and Madrid in New Mexico. Her first home was the Palace Hotel in downtown Cerrillos. As a youth, she spent most of her time taking care of livestock, riding horses and tending to the chores common to ranch life. Her love for the country is evident in the expressive quality of her plain air work. “I love to try to capture the spirit, or the energy of the place. The exact representation is not my goal. The essence of the land is what I strive for.” Peggy’s work is shown in numerous galleries in New Mexico and Colorado and can also be seen in many public buildings, through local Public Arts initiatives. See more of Peggy’s work here.
Painting in the outdoors, known as “plein air” allows the artist to experience the beauty of a place while attempting to capture in paint the shapes, colors and textures that make it special. The experience of painting with oils can be both rewarding and frustrating. A few basic principles coupled with careful observation arms the artist with the tools to grow in their journey to become a better painter. Julia will cover her set-up and equipment and how they help her in difficult environments. Using practiced steps to facilitate speed she will cover the basics of composition and color theory and how she approaches a painting.
Julia has participated in the many prestigious plein air events including; 11 years in the Carmel Art Festival, Estes Park, Alameda, Los Gatos, Laguna Beach Invitational, Sedona, Telluride, Easton, Los Gatos, Sonoma, Zion, and the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art 5 times.
Julia’s paintings have been selected for numerous landscape exhibitions at; 10 AIS shows, California Art Club, Triton Art Museum, Steinbeck Museum, Napa Valley Museum, Wilding Museum, and Epperson Gallery. Julia was Artist of the month LPAPA in 2011. She was awarded 1st for oils in the Santa Cruz Statewide Landscape Show, Best of Show 2010 LPAPA Best of Plein Air, 1st in the Carmel Valley Plein Air 2014 and Artists Choice in the Big Blue, an Artist Vision, the Island Award Alameda Plein Air 2015 and Artist Choice North Lake Tahoe Plein Air 2016. She is a Signature Member of LPAPA and MBPAPA. See more of her work here.
This demonstration is more about a painting experience than a daily practice, but it might lead into a new way of working or seeing. The two for one, ironically, will involve painting two paintings of the same view at the same time. One painting will be done with direct observation while the other, facing with the back to the scene, will be painted from memory. “Why?” you’ll ask – “why not?” I will respond. I will challenge myself to paint by memory to see how the mental power of observation is effected when delayed from the actual observed landscape. Does quality decline or might it improve? Could this be a tool to simplify those big shapes and values and not bog down in all the tiny detail that ruins innovation? Robert Henri discusses a similar approach in his book, The Art Spirit.
Iconographer and artist, protégé of world-renowned master iconographer Br. Robert Lentz, OFM, Lewis Williams has been creating art for over 30 years. It’s his life and vocation. He earned his BFA\painting from Northern Arizona University (1983), and an MFA\ painting from Utah State University (1991). Lewis’s art interests are wide and varied in all paint and drawing media, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics. Since 2012, he has returned to exploring sacred landscapes in plein air and studio works. His teaching experience is extensive, most recently as an Arts Educator with Senior Citizens in Montrose, Colorado. His work has been awarded in many Plein Air events, as well as many national and international juried competitions, with work held in many private collections. Earning three Artist in Residence positions with the BLM, his work was the single piece chosen for reproduction to promote their parks in 2014. Lewis resides in Montrose, Colorado. See more of his work here.
Bonnie Griffith will use a mix of oil and cold wax medium, brayering layers of paint to create an abstracted landscape. She will use a variety of textures created with stamps, tools, inks, and other items to create a mixed media piece on a wooden panel. Using oil paint mixed with cold wax medium on wood primed panels, one can layer color with brayed or palette knife; incise thru layers to reveal previous ones, texture with a variety of tools to create impressionistic or abstracted landscapes. Examples of work will be brought to demo and a painting will be completed to illustrate the process used.
Bonnie is an artist who paints the western landscape in pastel and oil. She captures the essence of the land in bold, strong color in representational fashion. She has worked as a fulltime artist for 15+ years and part time since college. Bonnie has studied with Lorenzo Chavez, Robert Moore, Clark Mitchell and others. Her work is represented by galleries in ID, MT, WA, and OR. She was the 2015 Artist in Residence at the Grand Staircase National Monument. Bonnie participates in numerous plein air events throughout the west. See more of Bonnie’s work here.
A late afternoon group demonstration has become a festival favorite where artists and those who enjoy the creation of art gather to watch different artists, with different styles and approaches, tackle a similar landscape to create a painting in a couple hours.
The following are the 2017 artists participating in this year’s group demonstration:
Emily Boespflug: Having grown up in Northern Wyoming with few distractions, Emily was easily inspired by nature and shared that love through realistic representations in pastel and pencil as a child. She did not truly embrace her interest in art until a college drawing course. Upon receiving her BFA, she combined her passion for the healing arts and teaching in a 2-year art therapy internship before heading to the far southeast corner of the US to pursue a life-long dream; learning to hang glide. This nomadic lifestyle brought the opportunity to learn faux painting and mural techniques and the ease of creating and selling watercolors and pastels while traveling. Emily’s mural business was also flourishing when she decided to head back out West in 2003. Her love of outdoor exploration brought her back to Jackson, WY where she immediately entertained a vision of painting the diverse area and the joy of an incredible community of artists and athletes. For the past 10 years she has taught classes and held positions as Youth/Outreach Director and Studio Manager for the Art Association of Jackson Hole. She is a currently on a sabbatical from the non-profit organization to pursue her own interests as a painter. View more of Emily’s art here.
Terry Chacon: Terry is from Redlands, California and a international award-winning artist. Her artwork is in private collections in over 20 countries. She is an avid plein air artist and paints weekly on location whether it be the beautiful California coast or the Inland Empire which includes many lakes canyons and the beautiful desert. Terry has won many plein air awards at different events around the Southwest. PAPNM 2016, Escalante Canyons Art Festival Paint Out 2015, New Mexico Members Plein Air Exhibit 2014, Mountain Arts Plein Air event, and several awards with the Plein Air Artists of Riverside. Her work is represented by Montecito Frame and Art Gallery, Montecito, CA and Jack’s Fine Art Gallery, Beaumont, CA. Terry has written three books on her Plein Air painting adventures: The Beauty of Plein Air Painting (The California Coast), The Beauty of Plein Air Painting (Canyons and Lakes) and Capturing Catalina Island in Plein Air. Terry is doing a solo demonstration later in the week; please see additional information below and also see more of her work here.
Gail Denton: A painting late bloomer and fearless seeker of life’s adventures, Gail first skidded onto the plein air painting scene in Escalante some 6 years ago and instantly identified this welcoming tribe of outdoor artists as her immediate family. Thrilled with this discovery, she paints gleefully and with abandon among her sisters and brothers of the brush. Learn about Gail’s work here.
Loretta Domaszewski: A contemporary artist from Bozeman, Montana who creates visual poetry and beauty of the land. The phenomenon of nature is the source of Loretta’s expressionist styled paintings, sculptures, conceptual installations, and public art. She was selected as the 2016 Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Plein Air Artist in Residence. She is a member of the American Impressionist Society, American Women Artists, a recipient of the Montana Arts Council, awarded a Faber Birren Liquitex Color Award, and has been featured in the Western Art Collectors Magazine. Her paintings are in art collections, including Bozeman Public Library, Nantucket Historical Museum, Nantucket Artist Association,and Huntington T. Block. Loretta has a BFA from Tufts University and the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, and a K-12 Art Teaching Certificate from Brandeis University. She teaches innovative workshops for adults, children, seniors, special needs, and cancer support in Bozeman and throughout the United States. Loretta is a former art instructor at the Nantucket Island School of Design and Art, Montana State University, and Bozeman High School. See more of Loretta’s work at here.
Katy Ann Fox: Wanders within the West witnessing its windblown soul to gather emotion and imagery which she continually materializes through paint, drawing and printmaking. Her paintings incorporate textures and play with the geometric and organic mixture of shapes. She uses a lighthearted color palette in documenting things that often go unnoticed. Her work can be seen at the Teton ArtLab in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and on the Jackson Hole Still Works Great Grey Gin label. She has a Master of Fine Art in Painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. See more of her work here.
Join Terry Chacon to learn how she produces portraits of beloved pets.
Terry is from Redlands, California and a international award-winning artist. Her artwork is in private collections in over 20 countries. She is an avid plein air artist and paints weekly on location whether it be the beautiful California coast or the Inland Empire which includes many lakes canyons and the beautiful desert. She does commission pet portraits in her studio and is noted for her Dog Show Scenes. She currently has an exhibit at the AKC Dog Museum in St. Louis and this is the second time she has had this honor.
Terry has won many plein air awards at different events around the Southwest. PAPNM 2016, Escalante Canyons Art Festival Paint Out 2015, New Mexico Members Plein Air Exhibit 2014, Mountain Arts Plein Air event, and several awards with the Plein Air Artists of Riverside. Her work is represented by Montecito Frame and Art Gallery, Montecito, CA and Jack’s Fine Art Gallery, Beaumont, CA. Terry has written three books on her Plein Air painting adventures: The Beauty of Plein Air Painting (The California Coast), The Beauty of Plein Air Painting (Canyons and Lakes) and Capturing Catalina Island in Plein Air. See more of her work here.
Scotty Mitchell will start a pastel drawing on site with a running commentary about how she goes about making the painting, the choices and the process. The exact location will be decided nearer to the time, as the light and shadows continually change and are an important component of the choice of subject matter.
Scotty Mitchell moved to Boulder,Utah in 1997, captivated by the immense space and incredible variety of color and form, the earth showing off its bones. Mitchell went to art school in Italy and graduated from the Academy of Fine arts in Rome in 1971. In 1975 she went on a painting trip to Crete, Greece and stayed for 20 years. Falling in love with Utah on a southwest trip in the early nineties led Mitchell to move to Boulder in 1997. She is an onsite painter, taking her drawing board, pastels and easel out into nature. Her work unites the abstraction of form, light, and rhythm, with the deep particularity of her specific. She finds painting on site is the best way to convey the vitality and spirit of her subject. Scotty loves to hike to remote spots to paint. On cold or windy days she paints from a large picture window in her vintage RV, Aphrodite. Her work is a joyous celebration of the land. See more of Scotty’s work here.
Katy Ann Fox’s paintings incorporate textures and play with the geometric and organic mixture of shapes. She uses a lighthearted color palette in documenting things that often go unnoticed. This demonstration will highlight Katy Ann’s unique style and methods using brushes and scrapes to create her emotional pieces.
Her work can be seen at the Teton ArtLab in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and on the Jackson Hole Still Works Great Grey Gin label. She has a Master of Fine Art in Painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. See more of her work here.
How to paint landscapes with heavy duty watercolor? How to layout a aesthetically beautiful composition of a landscape painting? How to bravely and quickly spread out foundation colors of a watercolor painting? In my demo, I would like to cover these issues that artists usually struggle with.
Yidan Guo is a visiting professor teaching at Southern Utah University. Before this, she was a faculty member who taught at the School of Arts, Renmin University (The People’s University) in Beijing, China, since 2000.
Watercolor gratifies Yidan’s love of the wonders of nature. For Yidan, doing art is meditation, a mode of communicating with the divine Existence. Most of her journeys have been as a solo traveler, and Yidan’s journey into unfamiliar terrain always brings her the feelings of adventure, of tension, of vulnerability, of culmination–as well as the pervasive emotion of homesickness.
To view Yidan’s online portfolio please click here.