Spring City Plein Air Competition
Knowing that Rachel's talent and enthousiasm, I pulled her out of school in the middle of the day.
(Don't tell.) The drive to Spring city from our house is one hour of stunning scenes like these. It felt like driving through a Michael Workman world. We arrived very inspired to paint.
We'll skip the roaring traffic, sunburnt hours, spilt paint, dirt and rain in the paint, and just tell how it ended.
Before delivering our paintings, We ran into George Hanrahan, who gave Rachel some pointers on her painting, suggesting she increase her values. So we parked in a downpour next to Steve McGinty, all of us adding final touches inside our steamy cars.
After working very hard, and knowing that her painting had turned out well Rachel declared the day funner than Lagoon. At which point I carefully took her painting and flipped it face down into my open pallet of oil paint. We're still wondering if Steve McGinty could hear our screams.
Luckily were able to clean it all up , no harm done. And as I reached to place her newly cleaned painting in the frame, Rachel says fearfuly, "not over the pallette, mom."
|Rachel painted some roadside sheep|
|I chose some rose hips|
|After delivering our paintings we went in the restroom |
and discovered our matching elbows covered in paint
|Rachel's first red dot|
|owner and artist|
|Rachel studying the master.|
Rachel had a constant barage of compliments on her success, from some of the most reknowned artists of Utah, Lee Udall Benion, M'Lisa Paulsen, Doug Fryer, Eric Thompson, and here she is with Randal Lake and George Hanrahan.
|And this was the coolest studio of all time. |
Look at how worn the step of that threshold is. Beautiful!
|Entering Randal Lake's cabin/studio. The walls are covered in framed pieces, complimented by other absurdities like a buffalo head, player piano, pot bellied stove, antique furniture, crazy green chair, bathroom under the stair, etc. etc.|
|did you catch the red wire candalabra hanging from the ceiling?|
|Classic quilted antique beds upstairs where their family stays for events like this.|
|Candlabra profussion in every window.|
|I think there are 8 paintings on that easle. And the table is swimming in magazine articles feature Randal.|
|This is the front door- a caricature of the artist reigning in his shoulder angel and demon, a tiny plaquard in french welcoming the artist, and 63. Perfect.|