Friday, July 31, 2015

Telluride Plein Air Festival

Patrick Saunders was invited to participate in this year's Telluride Plein Air Festival, and he won third place with a painting of Cornet Falls Creek. We thought we knew Colorado, but we had never been to Telluride before, and were absolutely floored by its beauty. This is definitely a part of the country where we plan to spend a lot of time in the future - so much to paint and photograph. Summer temperatures there are perfect for Airstream life. We will take our time working our way up to 8,000 feet though, for the sake of our rig, and our own comfort. The week we spent in Telluride was wonderful, but the rapid elevation change took its toll on our bodies. Slow and steady wins the elevation race. Your tow vehicle will thank you, and so will your body. - Kimberly Saunders

Patrick Saunders with First Place winner Carl Bretzke and Second Place winner John Lasater.

A Telluride resident liked Patrick's third place winning painting of Cornet Creek, which had already sold, so much that he commissioned Patrick to paint another one from a different vantage point while we were still in Telluride.

Patrick's entry into the quick paint competition at the festival, which later sold at auction.

Patrick's first painting at the Telluride Plein Air Festival, "Pandora Mill, Telluride" (oil on canvas, 12"x16")


Patrick climbed a mountain to make this painting (actually we just rode the Mountain Village gondola, but we were loaded down with a lot of gear.) "St. Sophia Nature Center" (oil on canvas, 16"x12")


Patrick painted these wild onions growing in the garden of our wonderful housing hosts at their request.

Each Telluride resident who hosts an artist for the Telluride Plein Air Festival receives a painting of their choice from the artist, but our hosts actually got two, because we couldn't resist photographing and painting little Mia, their dog, as well.

Sunrise on quivering aspen trees

An old mining shack on the highway into Telluride

Keystone Gorge, Telluride

Cornet Creek, Telluride