Sunday, May 3, 2009

This was my entry for the Petroleum Club purchase award. It is an Oil Painting 30"x36" BLUEBELLS AND PAINTBRUSH. Kinda gimmicky but I put this leather frame built by Dan Miller [see Dan's work through my blog on the Silver Sage Gallery]on the painting. If I had to do it over again I think I would have seperated the frame and painting with a liner of some sort. I was voted into the top 5 finalists. But. Lost out in the final judging by an artist from Cody. All was not lost though when a fellow approached me at the end of the show and bought the painting for his wife for Mothers Day.
I ended up having a great show.

I have decided to do Giclee prints of this painting. It will be my 4th Giclee print. The painting seems to be poular with a lot of folks. The giclee is 16"x20" image size and framed will be $250.00 signed and numbered with an edition of 50.
Friday night, May 1, was the Petroleum Club show in Casper, Wyoming. The show allows the invited artists to display and sell 3 miniatures at silent auction, a quick-draw for the artists who do that sort of thing. [We get 70% of the auction proceeds] and the main event the artists vie for which is the $4,000.00 purchase award decided on by the vote of the Petroleum Club members. The club in that way has amassed quite an art collection over the years.
This 12"x19" gouache watercolor was my quick-draw. We are allowed 1 hour to complete our paintings with no drawing done befor the opening whistle. I had wanted to do this off a photograph I had of the backside of Casper Mountain looking to the SE across the Laramie Range but setting up to get started I could not find my reference so did it from memory. I am allowed one guest and being as my father-in-law really enjoys this show-I take him every year and over the years he has aquired 3 of my quick-draws. He was high bidder on this piece. Another good reason to take him.