A Personal Journal of Art
This WebLog or "Blog" is a journal of my personal
experience with creating, observing, research, musing and other information
about art. Note that dates are in reverse order.
Saturday, May 22, 2004
TETON TRIP DAY 8
After a lazy morning brunch, a little art gallery scouting, and
buying a few souvenirs for the family, I returned home to San Jose.
It had been a great week, painting with 20 other great artists for
a week in Grand Teton National
Friday, May 21, 2004
The group watching Jim give a demo.
Jim Wilcox giving a painting demonstration.
My easel with a work in progress
of Teewinot Peak.
TETON TRIP DAY 7
This morning was another gloomy day. Not quite as bad as yesterday,
but enough to wonder if we would get out to paint.
After doing a few critiques in the studio, it cleared off and Jim
said "lets go do some painting while the weather is good".
So, off we went to Taggart Lake Trail head. Jim did a demo, and
then we all commenced to start painting. I only had time to finish
one painting of Teewinot Peak as we had to return early for a final
critique and to end the workshop.
Since we ended a little early, and I had been living on fast food
all week, I treated myself to a nice restaurant. The elk steak at
Burkes Chop House was excellent. It was the first square meal I
had had since last Sunday!
Thursday, May 20, 2004
painting in Jim Wilcox's studio on a rainy day.
Another studio shot.
Having a great Mexican dinner in
TETON TRIP DAY 6
I woke up this morning to a gloomy, rainy, sleety day. Not great
for outdoor painting! We had expected at least one day like this,
so Jim had backup plans. After doing some morning critiques of the
prior day's work, we headed off to the
National Museum of Wildlife Art , which is practically next
door to Jim's studio. If you are ever in Jackson, be sure to visit
the museum, which is a couple miles north of town. The museum holds
about 2,300 pieces of art from some of the most well known wild
life artists in the world.
After the museum, we retreated to Jim's studio to set up and paint
indoors. I started on a small painting of Firehole Falls in Yellowstone
National Park. I used an old photograph taken over 20 years ago
as a study. The weather began to clear, and some went out to various
spots to paint, but I decided to stay and finish the painting indoors.
That evening, Jim and his wife were gracious enough to invite the
entire workshop to dinner at their home. It was a grand fest with
enchiladas, and good mexican fare.
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
The group watching Jim Wilcox giving
a painting demonstration.
Jim Wilcox giving a painting demonstration.
My painting in progress of the Grand
TETON TRIP DAY 5
Our painting destination today is Willow Flats Overlook. Willow
Flats are freshwater marshes stretching between Jackson Lake Dam
and Colter Bay. Mornings and evenings, Willow Flats become the preferred
feeding area for elk and moose. Streams that flow throughout the
flats are home to beavers, muskrats and waterfowl. The Tetons form
a perfect backdrop for painting.
It was a great sunny day, and even started to turn hot. After a
demo by Jim, we all set to work on our own paintings. After several
false starts, I managed to finish 2 paintings. The first was of
Mount Moran, and then later in the day, I finished one of the Grand
Teton as the sun was setting behind it.
It was a long day. I didn't get back to the room until after 9:00.
Just in time for a quick bite to eat, a session in the motel hot
tub, and then to bed.
Tuesday, May 18, 2004
The group painting along String
One of the artists painting along
One of my works in progress along
Another painting from along String
TETON TRIP DAY 4
We started at 8:00 today. We began by each artist giving a critique
of another artists painting from the day before. Although not the
most enjoyable experience, I think I learned more being critiqued
and giving a critique than any other activity during the week. Most
of the points people made in the critiques were well known principles
of painting, however, the experience of actually have to give and
receive was well worth it.
That afternoon we headed out to String Lakes for more painting.
As the afternoon wore on, rain and snow clouds came and went. We
started to get some rain, a little snow or sleet and other inclement
weather. Everyone was sticking it out, however, until it started
to downpour. After almost packing it in for the day, all of a sudden
the precipitation cleared, and we were good to go for the rest of
the day. I finished 2 paintings, primarily of the water around the
Monday, May 17, 2004
Painting Mt. Moran. This photo was
taken by a fellow artist. That's me in the lower left hand corner.
Jim Wilcox giving some pointers
to one of the artists in the workshop.
My easel along Schwabacher Landing.
One of the workshop artists painting
by Schwabacher Landing.
TETON TRIP DAY 3
The class was to meet at the Wilcox
Gallery at 9:00 AM. There were 20 artists in the class, many
of whom were long time professionals, and as I found out later,
some showed in art galleries in the area. Virtually all were top
After instructions and some orientation by Jim, we headed out to
Schwabacher Landing in Grand
Teton National Park. Schwabacher Landing is on a dirt road off
Highway 89 and is well known as a great place to view wildlife.
We set up close to some beaver ponds and our assignment was to do
3 "quick-draws". A "quick-draw" is a painting
done in about an hour or so. The object is to capture the scene
in as short a time as possible. By doing so, you generally find
out you can capture the essence of a place quicker than toiling
away in the studio.
Towards the end of day, my back was starting to get sore. I had
been somewhat inactive the last month or so due to lower back problems,
and didn't want to push it. I had finished two paintings, and not
sure if I could do another. After relaxing it bit in the car, I
was able to do another quick painting of the Grand Teton.
We ended up painting untill around 8:00 and I got all three quick-draws
done. While painting my second, a beaver slowly winded it's way
past me down the river. Probably the last painting I did was the
By the time I grabbed a fast food dinner, got back to the hotel
room, and relaxed in the motel spa, I was exhausted and ready for
Sunday, May 16, 2004
A shot of the Tetons along String
Your's Truly posing at Jenny Lake.
Long time friends, Larry and Mary
Hayworth enjoying a dinner of wild game.
Larry and Mary Hayworth and Your's
Truly posing at the restaurant.
TETON TRIP DAY 2
I spent Sunday running errands, getting supplies and stuff I needed
for the week. Little did I realize, it was a good thing I did this
before the workshop. I would find out later, we had practically
no time except to paint all week!
After a late brunch, and shopping I decided to drive out to String
Lakes, one of my favorite spots in the Teton National Park. We would
also be painting out at the lakes during the workshop.
Evening was spent at dinner with two old friends, Larry and Mary
Hayworth. The Hayworths have lived in Jackson for over 8 years.
Some of Jackson's restaurants serve wild game. I couldn't wait to
try the Buffalo Prime Rib again! It was as good as I remembered
Saturday, May 15, 2004
A few shots of the Tetons.
The Grand Teton.
TETON TRIP DAY 1
Jim Wilcox and the Wilcox
Gallery has been a fixture in Jackson Wyoming for over 35 years.
Jim is considered one of the top landscape artists in the West,
if not the entire United States. He has won some of the top honors
in western art including the Prix de West Award. His paintings are
generally fairly loose with a masterly interpretation of light and
color. He also is a much sought after instructor, and his workshops
fill up quickly.
Several months ago, I applied for his Master's Plein Air Workshop.
This was the first time he would conduct an advanced workshop, and
attendees had to go through a screening process in order to attend.
We would be painting primarily in Grand
Teton National Park, just north of Jackson and Jim's Gallery.
I was accepted into the workshop, and today was off to Jackson for
the workshop which starts on Monday.
Some of you know I have been fighting a bad back for the last several
months, and have not been very active. In spite of that, I loaded
up my paints, pain killers and flew into Jackson today.