Thursday, July 28, 2011

Follow the fun!

"Follow the Canyon"
9x12 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

If you keep your eyes open, you can find plenty to do this summer.  I'm going to give you a couple good ideas to plan for.  But first, hearty congratulations to Arizona Plein Air Painters Cindy Carrillo, Michael Chesley Johnson, and Becky Joy for having artwork juried into the prestigious American Impressionist Society's 12th Annual National Juried Exhibition:​html

"Follow the Canyon (above) was painted as a studio knife demonstration for a workshop I taught in Ohio," says Michael Chesley Johnson.  "It's painted on untempered hardboard that had been sized with Gamblin PVA followed by one coat of Golden Acrylic Matte Medium.  This transparent coat allows the warm, mid-value tone of the hardboard to show through, making for an exciting color harmony.  The scene is a location in Zion National Park's Kolob Canyon region; I took a series of photographs of this particular spot because it had some lovely snow, even in late April."
APAP Members will want to save August 14, from 7:30 am to 10:30 am, for a very special paint-out to be held at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum on SR60 in Central Arizona:  As many of you know, Arizona State Parks have been struggling to stay open, and BTA especially so after a recent fire damaged part of the area.  Paint Out Day is an effort to draw more visitors to the park and hopefully generate some income to help with repairs.  Cindy Carrillo tells me there will be no contest or prizes, but she hopes all artists will come and help support the Arboretum with their artwork, and with their wallets if they can.  If you arrive a little early, it shouldn't be a problem.  Bring a friend!!
Check the APAP Website paint outs and events page on Friday afternoon for more workshops and information about upcoming events.  As always, if you have good news or a paint-out to publicize, please write to me, Sandy Farley, at farleystudios (at)  We love to see photos of your work, too, so please send them along as attachments!

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