Friday, October 09, 2015

"First Ascent" Quick Draw, Crested Butte Plein Air Open by Robin Weiss

"First Ascent"  Quick Draw 12x10    Sold

Outside the First Assent Coffee Shop with my Quick Draw

The First Ascent is a great little coffee shop at the end of  Elk Street in Crested Butte. It's not far from Oh Be Joyful Gallery and I thought it would be a great subject for the "Quick Draw" competition during the CB Plein Air Open.

 Quick draws  are a common part of plein air competitions and generally you have about two hours to complete a painting from start to finish. Then you have to hustle your WET painting back to the gallery get it framed and hung for exhibition in a matter of hours!  It's always really stressful for me up until the painting starts to work...Once I realize the composition is coming together then I can relax and enjoy the ride.  This painting took me all of the two hours to complete since it was pretty complex for a quick draw but it payed off and the painting sold in the gallery later.
TIP;  If you look closely you can see that I have mounted my panel in a floater style frame then wrapped the frame with brown paper. That way when I am done its easy to pull off the paper and the painting is already framed and ready to go!

At Paint the Peninsula I got a late start on the quick draw. After finally getting situated the paint just flowed onto the canvas almost painting itself! I love it when that happens!!

Paint the Peninsula Quick Draw

I'll be writing more about PTP in future posts!  I'm still pretty far behind on my blog....So many little time!

Stay tuned for more adventures....In Plein Air!

1 comment:

a power said...

Beautiful work! Great tips and I love that Paint-the-Peninsula Quick-draw!!!