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2014 colorado plein air arts fest

These five watercolor paintings were accepted into this year’s Colorado Plein Air Arts Fest juried show. I painted them this summer/fall in the front range foot hills near Golden CO. Each painting was completed 100% in the field.

“Churches Ranch” 8″ x 12″
"Through the Hog-Back" 9 1/2" x 13 1/2"
“Through the Hog-Back” 9 1/2″ x 13 1/2″
"Mesa Norte" 7 1/4" x 12 1/2"
“Mesa Norte” 7 1/4″ x 12 1/2″
"Front Range Foothills" 10 1/2" x 14"
“Front Range Foothills” 10 1/2″ x 14″
"The Fort" 7 1/4" x 10 1/2"
“The Fort” 7 1/4″ x 10 1/2″

The show will run from Nov. 18th through Dec. at the Denver Public Library in the 7th floor Vida Ellison Gallery.


plein air watercolor toolbox



This is the small plastic box I use to hold the tools and materials for plain air watercolor painting. It’s 4.75″x6.75″x1.25″ and fits conveniently in a small messanger bag that holds the watercolor paper blocks and paint pallet.


The box holds: (top row, left to right) drafting pen for applying resist;  graphite pencils for initial drawing; assorted brushes, rounds in # 1, 3, and 5, and flats in 1/4″ and 1/2″; watercolor pencils for adding detail and texture; (bottom row, left to right) clamps for holding pallet to support; pencil sharpener; erasures; and white gouache.