I can’t believe that it is already September. Where did summer go? Where did the last year go!?! There were plenty of big changes for our family:
- After three years on the road, we moved from our 20’ truck into a house – a real house!
- And that house is in beautiful Wyoming!!!
I retrieved most of our belongings from storage in Florida just in time for the first snow storms in October. Since there is limited access during the winter, we got learn about snowmobiling and I finally was forced to cross-country ski (downhill is my preference).
Bundled in our snow-covered abode, I started chasing art deadlines for the next year and painting, painting, painting for:
- The Teton Raptor Center Pearl Street Bagel show
- Summer art show submissions
- The Wyoming Artist Association conference
- The Jackson Hole Distillery competition
The hard work paid off as I was awarded ribbons in several art categories during the WAA convention, including first place in acrylics for this guy…
The recognition was especially poignant for me because Mr. Jim Wilcox was the judge for the awards. After taking one of his workshops a few years ago, I know Jim to be a tough critic, but fair.
I was also a finalist for the Jackson Hole Distillery bottle competition. It was a quite a thrill to be included with some big-league artists and attend the selection party.
Sprinkled in the schedule were three painting workshops: Susan Rose, Calvin Liang, and Ned Mueller. There was so much good information stuffed into those brief days. I want to a quick recap of each one when I get a chance this fall.
Also in the mix was painting with the Teton Plein Air Painters every Tuesday. My wife and I had everyone over to our new home for a paint-out one of the times. Our neighbors got to see what plein air painting was all about and everyone enjoyed the cookout on a brilliant spring day.
Between all the deadlines and craziness, I taught two art classes for the people in my town. Both were great fun and we are looking forward to more classes next summer.
The last part of summer is here with the Fall Arts Festival in Jackson. I am pleased to be a showing my new paintings during the Takin’ It to the Streets art show on September 9th. It’s a one-day show for the locals, but it coincides with the many art activities during the two-week festival. We hope to see you there!