Monday, February 22, 2010

Sedona Plein Air Trip


As mention in my last post, Karen (http://www.phippsart.blogspot.com/) and I took a plein air painting trip to Sedona and Scottsdale. We started in Sedona and painted in weather we're quite use to, snow storms, rain, and then something new, hail storms. The trip was everything it should be; adventure, battling extremes in weather, extremes in lighting=dark gray days to bright sun (did you know the sky is blue during the winter in some states?), and of course our trying out every raw restaurant we could find.


The painting I'm posting shows what happens when you paint in hail and can barely see. A smart person would pack up and leave, which we did once we heard lightening, but since we traveled over a thousand miles to paint in Cathedral Park, why let a bit of weather stop us. The pock-marks are were the hail stuck to my painting. My hope for the trip was to be able to accurately find the big shapes and values, not create finished paintings.
The last two photos shows Karen painting in Sedona. I think we both are scheming to go on another fact-finding plein air trip.






9 comments:

Pam Holnback said...

You really captured the grays and big shapes in this painting, and the hail!! You guys are die-hards. I go in the the weather gets that bad.

Ralph said...

yes I like this work so very very atmospheric.

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

INTREPID! And there's vitality and energy in all your paintings, the hail-studded one notwithstanding! So glad I found your blog. You GO, girl!

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Janelle Goodwin said...

You two painting buddies do what every artist dreams of. Bravo!!! I'm loving the atmospheric scene you portrayed here. And I'm hoping to see more!

SamArtDog said...

Thanks for posting this evidence of your plein air excursion. Assuming hail is God's target practice, I'm very impressed by the bullet holes. The rest of the scenery is also quite heavenly. Glad you both made it out alive!

Karen said...

Absolutely we need to go on another fact finding mission!!

I think this piece came out wonderfully, I think better than you do.

loriann said...

Beautiful soothing neutrals. Looks like you had a wonderful trip.

Jala Pfaff said...

Very good painting.
A hail-marked painting--what could be more authentic to a potential buyer?