Thanks for following me along to the 2nd part of my trip to Telluride. If for whatever reason you missed the first part, click here: Link
Today was the day of the infamous “Quick Draw.” The morning was spent framing everything so I didn’t have to worry about it in the evening. There’s nothing like being free of responsibility for at least a little while when it comes to these events, if even for a short while.
We had 1.5 hours to execute our quick-draw for the event. I actually shaved off even more time for this one because after I set up in the desired spot, I realized I had the wrong sized panel in my box for my frame! So I had to race back to my car, grab an 8×10″ panel and run back to my set-up, losing about 20 minutes in the process. So technically I executed this one in a little more than an hour. Pretty successful of a painting of this complexity for the time spent. I packed up as quick as I could to run back to the park where we were supposed to set up our painting for display and sale.
The event of the evening was the Artist Choice Award Gala and Sale. Another success for me! Not only did I win Second Place for Artist Choice(and a half-page ad in Southwest Art Magazine to go with that ribbon) but a sale too! Although it retailed for $550, the bidders drove it up to $900! Quite a shot to the arm wouldn’t you say??
The first day of the sale was a good test to see whether or not my strategy of painting a lot of small “affordable” works to show as many as possible. I would say it worked out well for me. After doing so many events where so few paintings sold, it was nice to see some come off the walls. On this day I sold “Coffee Cowboy,” “Swift Silhouettes,” and “Poppy-Art.”
The next day was the 4th of July holiday, which brought many more people to downtown and the event with it. This meant many more sales to make up for yesterday’s thinner sales for the other artists. I sold “Lyrical Liquid” and “The Final Capture” early in the morning, but I think I was too engrossed in the painting I did to try and sell a whole lot to the passer-by’s. This painting took me all day to do, but I was happy enough with the results.
The Journey Home
I got a chance to see the Grand Canyon for the first time! This was a very worthy detour, as you would expect it to be. It was weird, just as soon as I got near the canyon, it got very stormy with major rolling downpours passing through the area. It made for some very dramatic eye-candy.
Best believe I took plenty of photos!
I got tired of getting sometimes-rained-on at the Grand Canyon so I went down to Flagstaff to check it out. I was pleasantly suprised at how much I enjoyed the area. I was not expecting an alpine community with mountains, ponderosa pines and aspen trees. Totally not what you think when you consider Arizona. I really ought to come back and paint in this area. Very picturesque and possibly underrated due to its proximity to the Grand Canyon and Sedona. A thorough exploration of Arizona is definitely on the list of things to do in the future.
About Sergio Lopez
North Bay Area based Fine Artist Sergio Lopez. Oil paintings, gouache paintings, plein air paintings, and charcoal drawings. http://www.themainloop.com