Since returning from Costa Rica in April, I have continued to paint and travel closer to home. It seems I am inspired by the beautiful landscape where ever I may be. I started exploring in my backyard and these cherry blossoms called to me.
Later in April, I ventured out to paint with the Plein Air Painters of Utah in the San Rafael Swell by invitation of my mentor, Bonnie Posselli. This magnificent landscape was a mere 3 hour drive from my home. The group’s artists were welcoming and the weather near perfect. We explored and painted, then returned to the campsite and were serenaded by the talented artist/musicians, Stephen Staufer and John Hughes. Check out highlights from the trip in this article by Outdoorpainter.com Below are a few paintings from the trip.
During a wet weekend in May, I traveled south to Mount Carmel, Utah to attend the Maynard Dixon Camp Out. The participating artists painted in between storms and ended the week with a fantastic show of paintings. In fact, I could not resist taking home a painting of J. Ken Spencer, an outstanding painter. Despite the weather, there were many rays of sunshine; catching up with old friends, making new friends, inspiration by an incredible landscape, and witnessing the creation of art by some of the top artists in the region. Oh, one more thing, I got to paint with Bonnie Posselli (who invited me to the event), and friends George Handrahan and Shanna Kunz. It was a fabulous trip!
Finally, during the Memorial Day weekend, I traveled to Spring City with friend a fellow painter Tamara Lindsay for the city’s annual Heritage Days. While there, I painted the infamous Horse Shoe, though it was hidden a good part of the time.
Heading into summer, I will travel north to Ogden, Utah, then to San Clemente, California and back again to Midway, Utah to participate in the plein air events in those cities. Look me up if you are in the area.
By the way, all the images posted are available for sale. Please contact me at info@NewLeafArtStudio.com. If you made it through this rather long post, let me know if you prefer to hear from me more often, the same or less.
My best wishes to you. Travel safe this summer!
Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground, –Theodore Roosevelt