Monday, September 21, 2009

Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition 2009

This year the Fine Arts Department of the Minnesota State Fair received artwork from 2105 Minnesota artists with 382 pieces accepted and presented as the 98th Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition. The painting "Ewe Are My Resting Place", won Third Place Award in the Oil, Acrylic, and Mixed Media Class; and the Arden Hills/Shoreview International Rotary Club Award.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Grand Marais Plein Air Competition

North Shore is my favorite place to paint in MN -- fresh air, ever changing Lake Superior, lots of plein air painters, and no mosquitoes. 1. Tried a new technique with A Superior Tree. For three mornings started painting at 6:30 AM for about 90 minutes to get desired light. It placed 2nd in the Oil & Acrylic Class for this week's plein air event. 2. Three Fish Houses were on the historical list, but now there are only two. The third met its fate when a truck's breaks failed as it came hurling down the hill towards the fish site. A new light wooden structure stands is its place. 3. The Dinghy was painted during the 90 minute quick paint. 4. The actual dinghy can be seen in the background where I am cleaning up after the event in the Grand Marais harbor.