Thursday, June 28, 2012

Making New Friends at the Midway Plein Air Festival


The Midway Plein Air Festival is going on right now, and last minute I decided to enter. So I'm working hard this week to do a lot of painting outdoors. Last night after registering I was down in Midway enjoying the beautiful evening and painting a gorgeous scene of Mt. Timpanogos and a cool rusty horse trailer. As I was setting up the horses in the field saw me and bolted for me, literally galloping at full speed towards me. The stopped just short of the barbed-wire fence and asked "Do you have any snacks?"




It's fun to make new friends, especially funny horses, who came to check on me periodically throughout the evening. It took me three hours to paint my scene, which is a little longer than I hoped it would take. I was pretty tired by the time I finished, so I hope I can speed up with tonight's painting.

The boundary for the festival includes all of Wasatch County, a small portion in Utah County called Aspen Grove, Park City proper and the Kamas Valley. I don't know Kamas all that well, and I feel that the Heber Valley has probably been overpainted, but I do know my valley and Park City really well, so  for my next two paintings I'll focus my efforts up here.

Tonight I'll probably be painting up at Guardsman Pass. Tomorrow, I'll be out at Glenwild to paint for their annual tournament. This event isn't part of the Midway Art Association plein air festival, but it will be super fun and my paintings will be auctioned off at the member's annual party. Then on Saturday, I'll do one more painting in the morning, but I don't know where. Any suggestions?!