Friday, March 06, 2009

Mar 6 - Plein Air Quick Draw (Inside!)

The Plein Air Paint Out in Riverside culminated with all the artists doing a Quick Draw (actually painting) in an hour and a half. This year celebrates a major anniversary of the Riverside Art Museum which is housed in a lovely building designed by Julia Morgan. Ms. Morgan designed Hearst Castle and was a respected architect in an era of few women building designers. So the artists were instructed to paint some aspect of Julia Morgan's handiwork.

I set up inside the central atrium, where Saffron's restaurant is located. The end result of my time at the easel is this 7 x 5 intimate acrylic, showing the dining atmosphere, the artwork on the hallways and the light suffusing from the glass ceiling.

The painting went on to win an honorable mention that morning. It is available in a nice frame for $250.

On other news, the first painting I did in this week-long event won first prize in this competition. "Victoria Avenue Morning" can be seen on my February 22 blog entry (opens in a new window). This PAAR competition continues to expand its awards and I'm so proud to be a part of it.

And the same day, I get notification from the Art Show at the Dog Show that my painting "Guardian" has won the award for Best Entry Depicting a Doberman. You can see that painting on my blog here (also opens in a new window).

Can you tell I'm flyin' right now?

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PAT MEYER -- said...

Congrats on winning. It is a lovely place that I would like to dine.

kathi dunphy said...

Wow! I'd sure like to eat the colors. I am so looking forward to your week in Maine in the fall, I have so much to learn about colors.