Passport to the Arts 2014

Special Event Connects Art Fans with Canyon Road Artists Friday, Saturday & Sunday | May 9, 10, & 11, 2014, Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico Ronnie Layden Fine Art Gallery will be hosting and sponsoring a Quick Draw Tent on May 10th at 901 Canyon Road (right where Palace intersects Canyon). Come and enjoy great art, good food, refreshments […]

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Special Event Connects Art Fans with Canyon Road Artists

Friday, Saturday & Sunday | May 9, 10, & 11, 2014, Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Ronnie Layden Fine Art Gallery will be hosting and sponsoring a Quick Draw Tent on May 10th at 901 Canyon Road (right where Palace intersects Canyon).

"Desert Rain"

“Desert Rain” by Ronnie Layden

Come and enjoy great art, good food, refreshments and music!

What is the Passport to the Arts’ Artist Quick Draw?

The Quick Draw is one of Passport to the Arts’ headline outdoor events. Canyon Road artists will have 2 hours (120 minutes) to start and finish an original work of art using whatever media they choose – paint, glass, wood, etc. Outdoor tents will be located at 4-6 locations on Canyon Road.

• The Artist Quick Draw will begin at 11am MST sharp. 

• Cocktail Reception With the Artists (4pm) & Live auction (5pm) at Ventana Fine Art Gallery at 400 Canyon Road.

Go to the Passport to the Arts page on VisitCanyonRoad.com for lots of additional information.

9-11am: Artists set-up at assigned locations.

11am-1pm: Artist Quick Draw – starts precisely at 11am at tented locations on Canyon Road.

12:30 – 2pm: Artists spray varnish, and frame artwork; then

4pm: Cocktail Reception & Auction Preview for Artists and Bidders

5pm: Silent Auction bidding ends

5:15pm: Quick Draw Live Auction

For more information contact Meg Shepard (505) 795-5703 | crma.sf@gmail.com.

Bruce Adams, Owner/Publisher of Santa Fean Magazine, will be the auctioneer.

New Mexico’s Official Travel Site

SantaFe.org is an excellent resource if you are planning a visit to Santa Fe. They have useful information on things to do, dining, shopping and accommodations for planning your visit to Santa Fe: VISIT SANTAFE.ORG  

"New Mexico Clouds"

Original Oil on Canvas by Ronnie Layden, Santa Fe, New Mexco.

SantaFe.org is an excellent resource if you are planning a visit to Santa Fe. They have useful information on things to do, dining, shopping and accommodations for planning your visit to Santa Fe: VISIT SANTAFE.ORG

 

Why the History of Plein Air Painting Matters By Jean Stern

I recieved this in an email from the Irvine Museum, and thought I would share it with you. Although it is mostly written for the purpose of promoting a Plein Air Painters Convention, the letter is very informative and gives an interesting view into the history of plein air painting. Why the History of Plein […]

I recieved this in an email from the Irvine Museum, and thought I would share it with you. Although it is mostly written for the purpose of promoting a Plein Air Painters Convention, the letter is very informative and gives an interesting view into the history of plein air painting.

Why the History of Plein Air Painting Matters
By Jean Stern
Executive Director
The Irvine Museum

Artists at Laguna Beach Art Association Exhibition, c. 1918 The Irvine Museum, Courtesy of Barbara and Molly Bing

Artists at Laguna Beach Art Association Exhibition, c. 1918
The Irvine Museum, Courtesy of Barbara and Molly Bing
As an art historian, looking back at photos of plein air history excites me. Though we see a past when women wore bonnets and men painted in three-piece suits, these people were simply living their lives as painters. Yet when I study this photo, I see the faces of painters whose names are legendary, whose paintings are highly collectable, and whom collectors and museums clamor to own. Yet I suspect these people never considered themselves names that would go down in history. Like most of you, they just loved to paint and wanted to express themselves by creating their best work.

Barn in the Fog, c. 1925 Sam Hyde Harris

Barn in the Fog, c. 1925
Sam Hyde Harris
Oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in.
Private collection
Today, you and I are meeting painters who will be considered the greats of our generation. In fact, one of them might be you. I’m sure that people like Alson S. Clark or Sam Hyde Harris never thought that anyone would look back to them as among the great painters of their time. Just as one day art historians will look back on the photos of our gatherings today and marvel at the way things used to be. Instead of a gathering watching Alfred Mitchell do a demo, it will be photos marveling over people like those on the faculty at this year’s Plein Air Convention.

Alson S. Clark painting near Lone Pine, CA, c. 1922

Alson S. Clark painting near Lone Pine, CA, c. 1922
Courtesy of the Estate of Alson S. Clark
One of the best things that an artist can do to advance their art is to be in the company of other artists. The opportunity to meet other artists, to talk to them, and to watch them work is of the highest benefit to anyone working to improve their art. This is been the case ever since artists began to congregate and form art associations. There is real value to working around other artists, to watch them work and to see how they solve problems that are routinely encountered in painting. There is an immeasurable benefit to painters being influenced by other painters, watching their demonstrations, and being along side others to see how they interpret the same scene.

Alfred Mitchell Teaching Plein Air Class, c. 1928 The Irvine Museum

Alfred Mitchell Teaching Plein Air Class, c. 1928
The Irvine Museum
The Plein Air Convention offers just that, and over the past two years, hundreds of artists have taken advantage of the opportunity. The photos you see online today are the historical photos of the future, and painters will look back on them, wishing they could have lived in those times, and met and talked with the people they consider the greats. Anybody who is anybody in plein air is on the faculty or attending this important historical event, and as a historian I believe it has great significance to the plein air movement.
I’m pleased that this year, in response to numerous requests, the convention is offering specific tracks for watercolor and pastel painters. This makes the convention meaningful to a larger number of artists, not just to oil painters.
I am not an artist; I am an art historian and a museum director who specializes in historical plein air paintings. But I take advantage of any opportunity to learn about the wonderful craft of plein air painting. Understanding what an artist does to create a masterwork of landscape adds immensely to my ability to recognize a great painting from the past. Representational art has been around for centuries, and artists of the past faced the same challenges that artists face today: developing drawing skills, constructing proper perspective structure, learning effective compositional methods, understanding line and color, and the many other tools and approaches artists have had to master. I cannot go back and ask the masters of the past to see how they handled these things, but I can talk to a great artist of today, and watch how he or she solves difficult problems right in front of my eyes. I value any contact I can have with great artists, and the Plein Air Convention offers me the chance to meet with them on a grand scale.

Ruth Peabody (right) and a watercolor painter working en plein air, c. 1935 Courtesy of Kevin Courter

Ruth Peabody (right) and a watercolor painter working en plein air, c. 1935
Courtesy of Kevin Courter
I have always believed that landscape painting is the noblest form of pictorial representation, and that plein air painting is its truest expression. I certainly will be at the Plein Air Convention. This will be the third year that I’ve attended. I wouldn’t think of missing it.

Hundreds of artists line the Monterey coast at Asilomar Beach during the 2013 Plein Air Convention.

Hundreds of artists line the Monterey coast at Asilomar Beach
during the 2013 Plein Air Convention.
If you are on the fence about attending, I can tell you that it’s better than I initially expected and is a phenomenal event. Where else can you see a beach with hundreds of painters working side by side, or more than 70 top-tier artists doing demonstrations in the field or onstage? It’s not only a learning experience, it’s a life experience, and you’ll be a part of history. I believe that each year the convention has broken the world’s record for the largest number of people painting together in one place at one time. It’s truly an amazing experience.
And though it might sound intimidating, I’ve been impressed with how everyone attending is embraced by the faculty members, no matter whether they are first-time plein air painters or experienced pros. Everyone is very giving at this event, and the spirit of the event is all about growing as painters and producing quality artwork.
History will remember this event, and the people who attended will tell their grandchildren about meeting and painting with people who became legends, and about being a part of the largest paint-out in history. I suspect history books will speak of it and publish photos from the Plein Air Convention so people can look back at what things were like in the “old days.” I’ll be there for sure, and I look forward to meeting you there.
Jean Stern
Executive Director
The Irvine Museum
Jean Stern

Note: We’d like to thank Jean Stern for sharing his perspective about the convention. If you wish to register, please visit PleinAirConvention.com or call561.655.8778. We will be honoring Jean with a Lifetime Achievement Award during the convention to thank him for his enormous contributions to the world of plein air.
Monterey, California
Join us in Monterey, California, April 7-11. The recent rains will mean the greens, flowers, and lupines should be in full force. We selected this location because of its incredible beauty. We hope you come to learn, paint, and play.
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“Discover Santa Fe”

Just finished another abstract-stylized painting. These are the mountains above my hometown of Santa Fe. The Sangre de Cristos are part of the Rocky Mountain Chain.

Just finished another abstract-stylized painting. These are the mountains above my hometown of Santa Fe. The Sangre de Cristos are part of the Rocky Mountain Chain.

"Discover Santa Fe" 16 x 20

16″ x 20″ Oil on canvas by Santa Fe Artist, Ronnie Layden.

SANGRE DE CHRISTO MOUNTAINS – SANTA FE

I am working on this painting of the mountains above Santa Fe. If you would care to suggest a title for it, please do. Comments are always welcome! An unfinished painting of the mountains above Santa Fe.

I am working on this painting of the mountains above Santa Fe. If you would care to suggest a title for it, please do. Comments are always welcome!

SANGRE DE CHRISTOS - UNFINISHED

An unfinished painting of the mountains above Santa Fe.

VELARDE BLOSSOMS

"Velarde Blossoms"

Finally finished! “Velarde Blossoms” 9″ x 12″

“VELARDE BLOSSOMS” (Unfinished)

As I walked through the fragrant orchards of Velarde, one tree stood out from the others with vibrant elegance. I decided to try to capture its beauty on canvas. The painting isn’t finished yet, but here is a preview. I will post the finished painting soon.                   […]

"Velarde Blossoms"

11 x 14 – Oil on Canvas by Ronnie Layden

As I walked through the fragrant orchards of Velarde, one tree stood out from the others with vibrant elegance. I decided to try to capture its beauty on canvas. The painting isn’t finished yet, but here is a preview. I will post the finished painting soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EMBUDO

I was looking for spring flowers in Embudo that day, and say this flowering apricot tree. So I quickly set up my aisle and got to work. I hope you like this representation of New Mexico in the springtime.

“Embudo” 11″ x 14″ oil on canvas by Ronnie Layden, Santa Fe, NM 

I was looking for spring flowers in Embudo that day, and say this flowering apricot tree. So I quickly set up my aisle and got to work. I hope you like this representation of New Mexico in the springtime.

CHRISTMAS EVE PARTY ON CANYON ROAD

Come and experience good tidings and joy on Christmas Eve at Ronnie Layden Fine Art Gallery, 901 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Walking the Canyon Road district on Christmas Eve is an annual tradition in Santa Fe. Residents and businesses put sand in the bottom of small, brown paper bags and then place candles […]

Ronnie Layden Fine Art Gallery

Come and experience good tidings and joy on Christmas Eve at Ronnie Layden Fine Art Gallery, 901 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Walking the Canyon Road district on Christmas Eve is an annual tradition in Santa Fe. Residents and businesses put sand in the bottom of small, brown paper bags and then place candles in them, making them into beautiful golden Christmas lights called faralitos. They put the faralitos all around their homes, lining the streets and sidewalks with thousands of the beautiful lights. Locals and tourists mix affectionately on this special night, walking up and down the darkened streets singing carols and warming themselves by the luminarias (“bonfires”) that people build in their driveways. Many residents open their homes to holiday revelers, serving them hot cider and cookies.

One Santa Fe local, Arvo Thompson, even makes flying faralitos out of tissue paper that he fashions into miniature hot-air ballons. Come and experience good tidings and joy on Christmas Eve at Ronnie Layden Fine Art Gallery, 901 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“Uncle George Leaving Church”

 

"Uncle George Leaving Church"

“Uncle George Leaving Church”