I’ve embarked on a new journey that will last a year.
Last month the Sierra Foothill Conservancy invited me and other regional artists to join their core of nationally known artist for their Plein Air Invitational. The Sierra Foothill Conservancy owns preserves and have easements in the Fresno, Madera and Mariposa counties. The artists will have access to paint the lands for the following year. In the Fall of 2010 the paintings will be exhibited and sold to benefit Sierra Foothill Conservancy. Soooo……
Above: Charlotte Hoffman (left) Penny Otwell (right) Regional artist Penny Otwell was also selected for the project.
……Penny and I had a lovely day last Friday, painting on the Hornitos Easement property. The next day, Saturday November 14th, was the first scheduled public plein air event at the Trabucco Ranch. The artists arrived at the Trabucco Ranch easement property a few hours before the public so we could familiarize ourselves with the area. From 2 – 6 visitors talked with and watched the painters as they painted the land surrounding them. I had the pleasure of meeting again with Adam Longatti, Kim Lordier and Jeff Horn and meeting for the first time Clark G. Mitchell, John Burton, Patrick Lacey and Brian Mark Taylor. It was such a gorgeous day for painting! As the sun set, the foothills turned rose colored with beautiful clouds to the northwest.
This is such an awesome privilege to be be granted access to these beautiful lands….AND to meet such fabulous painters. More importantly, the Sierra Foothill Conservancy is a wonderful organization working very hard for our future generations guarantee of unspoiled lands. My heartfelt thanks to their hard work and dedication.
Above: Penny at her easel greeting visitors and distant group watching Adam Longatti demonstrate. (right) John Burton catching the last light.