Art And Memories From The Susan K. Black Foundation Workshop In Dubois, Wyoming, Sept. 2016

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Mt. Moran; pen and ink, grey felt tip brush on paper

I got back home at midnight last Saturday from two days in Grand Tetons National Park and five days at the 15th Annual Susan K. Black Foundation workshop. Both were a resounding success. You can read about my time in the park here. This post is about the workshop, which I’ve attended four times in the past and plan to go to next year.

All the previous instructors had been invited and almost all of them where there, including nationally known artists like James Gurney, John and Suzie Seerey-Lester, Greg Beecham, Mort Solberg, David Rankin, Jeanne Mackenzie, Andrew Denman, Guy Combes, Ann Trusty Hulsey and John Hulsey, all of whom I know personally or have studied with or both.

One of the main events is the Quick Draw, a traditional name but almost every artist at this workshop did paintings. Here’s some photos of the event in action. It’s followed by sketches and watercolors that I did in the Grand Tetons and EA Ranch.

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James Gurney, known best for his “Dinotopia” books, painted a portrait of this pronghorn antelope in casein, gouache and colored pencil
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David Rankin, who I worked with most during the week (more on that in a future post) painted an osprey
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Guy Combes did a lovely painting of a cheetah
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Andrew Denman created a graphite on paper drawing of a barn owl
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Although he’s better known for his sculpture, John Phelps painted a portrait the old-fashioned way…from a study drawing
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John Seerey-Lester chose to paint a moose, one of the very popular animals to see in the Grand Tetons
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John Hulsey who, with his wife Ann Trusty Hulsey, publish the online art website and newsletter The Artist’s Road, went for a late light landscape in watercolor
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Greg Beecham chose to paint a polar bear, bringing in the whites over a toned canvas

The weather was partly cloudy while I drove around Grand Tetons NP, which meant interesting light that could change very quickly. The aspens and cottonwoods were turning to their fall colors, too. All in all a perfect time to be there.

Both of the first ones were painted over the course of a couple of hours along the Moose Wilson Road.

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Aspens- watercolor on Saunders Waterford paper 8×8″
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Aspens with storm clouds- watercolor on Saunders Waterford paper 8×8″
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Clouds and light
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Scenery at EA Ranch, near Dubois- watercolor on Arches cold press paper 8″x4″
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Pen and ink sketches- Sakura Micron .01 pen in a Beta Series Stillman and Birn sketchbook
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Pen and ink sketches- same media as above
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Contour sketches at SKB- same media as above
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Contour sketches, SKB and the Denver airport- same media as above

 

6 thoughts on “Art And Memories From The Susan K. Black Foundation Workshop In Dubois, Wyoming, Sept. 2016

  1. Thanks for sharing. Have not been back to SKB since 2006. Perhaps and health permitting I will return in 2017.

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