Spring goes right into summer in AZ. Yesterday hit the first 100 degree day! I got to experience it first hand at the opening of the plein air exhibit for the Scottsdale Artists League show at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, AZ. It was a long hot day and a beautiful show is up for the weekend. Along with our show is a show & sale of succulent plants at the Gardens. Today will be a "Quick Draw" where the artists will go draw one of these plants in 1 hour. I signed myself up for this event as I tend not to work fast and since this has been the year to try and push myself to do more things I am going for it. We shall see what comes from this adventure.
One of the pieces I have hanging in the plein air show is the cottonwood tree. I started this piece back in 2009, all of the work on it has been done on site. I would take the piece back to the "people & places trail" at the DBG and work on it for a few hours here and there. I framed it at one point and it was not right. I took it apart and continued to work on it on location. When is a piece done? Sometimes we never know or maybe it is done when it is sold. I still think I may need to work on one corner a little more but for now it is framed and in the show. If it sells I guess it is done, if not, I do believe I will take it back one more time to finish up a few extra cottonwood leaves in the background. Sometimes we are meant to return to a place or a painting time and time again. It may be the same piece or just doing several pieces as a series.
|Sounds of the Cottonnwood|
|A little shade goes a long way.|
|Scottsdale Artists League Plein Air Show at the Desert Botanical Gardens|