Nature Morte is the French term referring to Still Life painting. Morte is the French word also used for death, inferring objects are still or not moving. Don’t leave YOUR still life painting for dead…bring it outside and back to life! Sunlight, wind, bugs, etc…help you to bring life to your work! At a quickened pace, I can’t fuss as much as painting in the studio. In nature, there is such light and shadow, deep space and close-ups. The opportunities are endless.
My still life theme will use Native American Objects. I will work in acrylic on a black under painting. Colors glow in a different way using this approach. I will discuss my painting method in acrylic in dry climates, working rapidly, and my emphasis of linear\graphic elements – reestablishing the drawing near the end of the painting. We’ll see where inspiration leads?! (Off a cliff?!)
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. He was also selected for the Zion National Park Invitational Plein Air event 2018. Reproductions of his work are available for viewing and purchase at trinitystores.com and bridgebuilding.com.
Married with two children, he was a longtime resident of Tijeras, NM., and currently resides in Montrose, Colorado. See more of his work here.
In this demo, Rae Ellen will paint landscape scenes directly on a Gelli (gelatin) plate and on plexiglass then transfer the images to papers. The resulting monoprints might be fresh “starts” or possibly finished works. She will also generate papers containing layers of colors, marks, and patterns that can be torn and collaged onto mixed media plein air pieces. The monoprints are fun to experiment with. Because the “products” aren’t easily controlled, using one can help loosen up your work and take it in new, contemporary directions.
A former resident of Escalante, Rae Ellen Lee now lives near Bellingham, WA. She has always sketched while hiking, but describes herself as a studio artist who enjoys plein air events. Her love affair with the outdoors started on a stump ranch in Northern Idaho, and continued later, as a Forest Service landscape architect in Idaho and Montana. The author of memoirs, novels and humor, Rae Ellen’s focus is now on making art. Her mixed media pieces can be found in private collections and at Allied Arts in Bellingham. At the 2015 Escalante Canyons Art Festival she won a merit award with a bold piece incorporating narrative collage. See more of Rae Ellen’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 artists each from a different western state will participate in this year’s group demonstration:
Linda Dellandre (TEXAS)
After a 28-year nursing career, Linda is happy to spend each day as a full time artist either heading to the studio or travelling to paint onsite. “There is no better teacher than nature herself”. She looks forward to the challenge of representing light effects in her paintings. Dellandre has been honored to win an Award of Merit at Sedona Plein Air, Best of Show in Mixed Media at Escalante Canyons Plein Air, and a Purchase Award at Zion Invitational. She is a Master Circle Pastelist awarded by the International Association of Pastel Societies and has won Best of Show Awards. She teaches pastel workshops. See more of Linda’s work here.
Graham Goff (MONTANA)
Graham Goff is a practicing architect and artist who lives and works in Bozeman MT. Working en plein air, Graham is drawn to the interaction and tension between the natural and built environments. Using mixed media including ink, colored pencil, pastel and watercolor he captures the textures, patterns, light and colors of the Western landscape. Graham was the 2018 Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Plein Air Artist in Residence. While not creating art/architecture you will find Graham seeking inspiration in wild places, travelling on foot or by bicycle. See more of Graham’s work here.
Lonny Granston (COLORADO)
Lonny Granston has called Boulder, Colorado home for the past 30 years. During his time there, he has attempted to practice medicine, be a husband and father, race triathlons and paint pretty pictures with varying degrees of success. See more of Lonny’s work here.
Günther Haidenthaller (UTAH)
Günther Haidenthaller grew up drawing and painting. He was awarded Sterling Scholar in Art from Granite High School (SLC) in 1974, and majored in illustration and advertising design at Utah State University. He then spent 26 years in advertising graphic design and art direction, with occasional illustration projects to keep things interesting. He left full time employment to pursue his passion for painting. He has studied with a number of well-known, prominent artists including Gael Lindstrom, Kara Schmidt, Randall Sexton, Brittany Scott, Joshua Clare, Susan Jarvis, Carl Purcell, Kathryn Stats, Stephen Stauffer, Colley Whisson, Lyn Boyer, and Doug Braithwaite. See more of Günther’s work here.
Lawrence Smith (NEVADA)
Lawrence is pretty much a self-taught painter. His first experience with art was when, at age five, he discovered an open can of black paint in the garage next to his daddy’s brand new white Buick. The repercussions from that event were profound, and Lawrence was forced to limit his artistic endeavors to (washable) finger paints until, at age eighteen, he was finally allowed a box of crayons (also washable). The rest, as they say, is a nano-blip in the vast stream of humanity’s artistic creativity. Lawrence now uses acrylics, because they allow mistakes to be covered over and reworked, again, and again, and again, a property that Lawrence desperately depends on. He lives quietly in Reno, Nevada with his collection of stuffed marmots and discontinued German umlauts. See more of Lawrence’s work here.
Chi E Shenam Westin (IDAHO)
Chi E Shenam is a plein air/ studio oil landscape painter, currently painting in Idaho and the Red Rock country of Utah and Arizona. He studied art at BSU and also studied renaissance painting under Master Artist Frank Corvino , landscape painting under Albert Handel and Chinese calligraphy under, Kazuaki Tanahashi . Chi E Shenam is currently showing in the Alaska Center, Heartland Studios and The Gallery at Finer Frames in Eagle, Idaho. See more of Chi’s work here.
The Paint Around is an event where 4-person teams of artists each “paint-around” to create paintings. Teams of painters will, in turn, work on a single piece. Teams have two hours to finish their painting, each member taking 15 minute turns. Each artist will add to and modify the piece under development, according to their vision of the piece’s required direction, providing commentary as they think their way through the task at hand. A blending of unique visions and styles will provide a truly singular result. Come watch this fun activity as the invited artists take turns putting their unique spin on a painting!
The completed paintings will be included in the Plein Air Competition Exhibit and silent auction. All proceeds will be donated to local school arts programming.
This year team captains will draw names from a hat of any interested registered artists to determine team members.
Acrylic Team Captain: Sue Tyler
Sue Tyler draws inspiration from images of the West. An Idaho native, Sue has lived, painted and taught in the shadows of the Teton mountains for four decades. Her art seeks to share the spirit of the land, in its varied seasons, forms, colors and patterns. She continually seeks the magic of a place and how the experience of interaction with place becomes a personal statement. A respected and dedicated teacher-artist for over 25 years, Sue is known for her expressive watercolors, acrylics (plein air and studio ), and mixed media work. Subject matter is a starting point for exploration of elements of line, space, texture, color to make a greater statement about the subject, or experience of the encounter with the subject. In 2013 Sue left her teaching career to paint full time. As Sue continues to paint throughout the West, she has won several event competitions for her work, an artist residency in Alaska, and selections in national juried shows. Visit Sue’s website to see more of her work here.
Pastel Team Captain: Louise Sackett
Louise has studied art at Workshops, University, and Art Schools, on both coasts. An IPAP signature member, Louise favors Oil and Soft Pastel. Subject often dictates her chosen media. A New Mexico resident for over 9 years, Louise currently paints from San Antonio to San Diego, with occasional works from New England. She showed with multiple groups when living in California, and is a current member of LPAPA and NMPAP.
Louise has shown for the last nine years in local, international and national shows. Last year’s efforts afforded her two Best of Shows. Prior to her fine art career, Louise worked as an artist and art director for the NAVY, training flight crew. “My vision is one of brilliant color. I am intrigued by fleeting effects of light, and include them in my works. Old masters techniques are particularly exciting when paired with today’s materials, and I often attempt to reconcile them.” Visit Louise’s website to see more of her work here.
Oil Team Captain: Valerie Orlemann
Valerie studied art at the University of Utah, completing most of the BFA program before parenthood and moving to Escalante redirected her artistic efforts. She wound up far from art school, but surrounded by beautiful landscapes. With her daughter (now a teenager!) and husband, Valerie has explored much of southern Utah and the Four Corners. Her work has been recognized in a variety of ways. She’s won awards at the St. George Art Festival, the River Runner’s Art Show in Green River and several awards for plein air painting at the Escalante Canyons Art Festival. In 2016, she was honored with a Best in Show Award at the Cedar Breaks Arts Afire Plein Air and a 1st Place in the Escalante Canyons Art Festival’s Public Lands Paint Out. Valerie was jury-selected to participate in the annual Sears Dixie Invitational, the St. George Art Festival, the Provo Freedom Festival art exhibit, the Outdoor Painters’ Society’s Plein Air Southwest, and the Southern Utah Art Invitational. She has been the featured artist at the Cedar City Art Festival and the Escalante Canyons Art Festival, and was an Artist in Residence in the San Juan Public Lands Center’s Aspen Guard Station program and at Mesa Verde National Park. Visit Valerie’s website to see more of her work here.
Water Color Team Captain: Lisa Bryant
Although she’s been painting off and on for many years, Lisa still considers herself a beginner, or at least strives to have a beginner’s mind – curious, open to learning, seeking new ideas, and experiencing beauty in everyday experiences. She is a soil scientist by training, and has worked in natural resources and public land management for more than 30 years. She is an artist by passion, and loves creating and exploring. Originally a pen and ink artist, Lisa was drawn to watercolor for its unpredictability, forcing her out of tight controlled lines. There is a vibrancy and light unique to watercolor, and while it’s a highly technical medium the magic happens when you learn to let go. Lisa particularly loves plein air as a way of connecting with nature, immersing yourself in the moment, and experiencing landscapes in a completely different way.
Sara Straw will paint a demonstration and talk about the mistakes made from the beginning to the end.
Sara Straw has lived in south central Utah since 1975. She began painting plein air at the first Escalante Canyons Art Festival/Everett Ruess Day plein air event in 2004. She loves the scenery and the people of Escalante. Sara got a degree in Fine Art from a California University in 1974. She’s made her living making signs, lettering trucks, and pinstriping. Plein air painting is more difficult, but also, more fun.
How does the artist capture an essence, the core, of an experience or place? Artist Sue Tyler demonstrates the process of creating a mixed media work using water media in order to convey a deeper expression of the natural world and interactions with it. Through acrylics, collage materials and other support materials, Sue begins with a drawing or design as a foundation and builds the work to enrich or inform the idea further. The fun begins when the artist stays open to design possibility and deeper discovery in materials and images. This approach also enhances other methods of working, sharpening a greater sense of purpose and attention to composition by the artist – what do I want to express and how well am I doing that?
Sue Tyler draws inspiration from images of the West. An Idaho native, Sue has lived, painted and taught in the shadows of the Teton mountains for four decades. Her art seeks to share the spirit of the land, in its varied seasons, forms, colors and patterns. She continually seeks the magic of a place and how the experience of interaction with place becomes a personal statement. A respected and dedicated teacher-artist for over 25 years, Sue is known for her expressive watercolors, acrylics (plein air and studio ), and mixed media work. Subject matter is a starting point for exploration of elements of line, space, texture, color to make a greater statement about the subject, or experience of the encounter with the subject. In 2013 Sue left her teaching career to paint full time. As Sue continues to paint throughout the West, she has won several event competitions for her work, an artist residency in Alaska, and selections in national juried shows.
See more of Sue’s work here.
Bo Earls moved to Utah in 1996 from South Carolina to attend college at Utah Valley State College in Orem, Utah. While visiting Moab in 1999, Bo noticed finely crafted arrowheads, arrows, and knives for sale in many of the stores. Being the ‘thrifty” person that Bo is, he decided to learn how to make his own modern lithic replications rather than pay for a piece that someone had made. Fifteen years later, Bo is now an experienced knapper whom still considers himself an amateur of the skill.
In February of 2005, Bo decided to share his knowledge with anyone who shared his desire and fascination with primitive skills such as knapping. That is how the Utah Valley Knapping Association came to be. He currently has a tough time just keeping up with the demand for his most notable pieces such as hafted knives and western style clovis points. That is why in June of this year, he decided to retire from his real job and flint-knap full time. You can now find him at shows all across the four corners region and surrounding states, with a table of his wares and a tarp full of flakes from the demos he gives to anyone who wants to see his craft.
Most notably, Bo’s work currently resides on display at multiple museums & state parks all across Southern Utah. His work has even been on movies such as the Twilight Series and a handful of instructional videos.