Telluride Plein Air 2013

TheStarryStarryNightSmThis year’s Telluride Plein Air invitational was a blast. I had to arrive a couple of days late because this year’s Artwalk in Salida overlapped the beginning of the event. I got there late on Sunday having missed three of the painting days and thanks to Michelle Cramer, Bill Cramer’s better half, whom earlier had fought off countless campsite vultures in town park to score me a camping spot until I could arrive.  I dropped off “The Starry Starry Night”, my toy hauler casita camper I recently lifted and made some modifications to earlier in the Spring, and got in touch with Bill Cramer and Susiehyer. (click the links to visit these very fine artist’s websites)
NearSchmidRanchSmI joined them over by the Schmid Ranch near the base of Mt. Wilson across the valley from Telluride. On meeting them, I was able to paint with a few of the other talents in the show as well. Carol Swinney, Kathy Anderson, Kelly Kotary, and Michele Byrne were all there painting. We had many laughs together and I so enjoy the comradery amongst artists in  the plein air events. In the shortened length of time I had to paint, I made the best of my time and was all over that box canyon. Bill Cramer and I took a four wheel drive excursion up Imogene Pass to the Tomboy ghost town in the Savage Basin. We also found a little time one morning to do the Via Ferrata. ViaFerrataSmThis is Italian for Iron Way. It’s a trail/climb across the North wall of the box canyon, and there are places along the trail where you are secured by a harness, but climbing across anchored Iron rungs 200-300 feet and certain death above the craggy canyon bottom. A real thrill!!
The show sales were a bit down for me this year and I attribute it to three things. The location of my booth was a little funky (a risk of doing this show as you never know where they’ll put you and your booth), and for some unknown reason the Sheridan Opera House, the organization that runs the show was under the impression that having the first day of sales on the Wednesday before the 4th of July would be a good idea. Logic would tell a would be organizer that people taking off work to enjoy the 4th would have taken from Thursday the 4th through the weekend off, NOT the weekend prior through Wednesday. So sales suffered for more than just me on this off day as it were. The 4th was better and there were a lot of buyers out. I also did not have the business model I did last year which was to appeal to the masses attending the 4th festivities with a lot of small affordable paintings. But I still did well considering these problems, and it is always a highlight of my year to be in Telluride for a week. Below is the body of work from the Festival in no particular order..ENJOY!

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  1. Lori Syme October 2, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    Hey Josh!
    Telluride is a special place. Sounds like a great trip! Glad you got to get to the top of Imogene, you know my Imogene Pass Run history runs 20 years now as Volunteer, runner and organizer. Sure miss that country and the family activities, but probably won’t be in Hawaii forever.. too many cool places to experience! Your paintings look great!
    See you at the wedding~!!!!
    love and aloha,

  2. gary mason (LTUA) October 3, 2013 at 12:03 pm #


    I trust that your sojourn to the “Paint-off” @ the Canyon,
    Grand proved to be of worth. Did you see John Cogan?


  3. Chula Beauregard March 19, 2014 at 9:08 am #

    Yes! Love the Casita! It looks like you are running the same era as we are…1988 or so? Happy Camping for the whole family!
    I look forward to talking more about buying one of your easels.
    Congratulations on your newest work of art,
    :) Chula

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