Last September a friend invited me to participate in a plein-air painting event during the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival. The festival takes place in Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point, a most picturesque location.
I showed up with my palette, paints, paper and easel and set up shop in the shade (a must). I spent three hours there from start to finish, and this was the result. My painting has been selected to advertise the event this year. It's on their brochure/mailings, the program cover. And last week, when we were driving home from Salt Lake one night, I happened to glance at it on a billboard. "Hey, that's my painting!" I exclaimed.
Once, years ago, I had my painting of a French dancing girl projected larger than life on a ballroom-size scrim at one of Paul Newman's charity events. That took my breath away. But this is the first time I've seen my work on a billboard. Such a fantastic surprise!
I am an artist and art instructor working in water media. Just knowing I can watch colors run together makes it worth getting out of bed every morning! Helping students capture the same excitement is equally rewarding.