Ever Changing © Lee MacLeod

The Plein Air Painters of New Mexico

Tom Blazier, Member No. 17,468, got in touch to tell us about the Cloud Appreciation Day that he helped organise on 6 August 2011 for his landscape painting society, the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico.

Ever Changing © Lee MacLeod

The winning entry: "Ever Changing" (14" x 11" oil on board) by Lee MacLeod

New Mexico is known for its dramatic skies – especially during the summer monsoon when magnificent cumulus buildups are a daily event. PAPNM designated the first Saturday of August Cloud Appreciation Day as a day for its members to celebrate the beauty of clouds by painting directly in the open air rather than in the studio. The paintings are a snapshot of how the sky looked in various locations on the same day as interpreted in each artist’s style.

Participating members painted the sky on August 6 2011 and entered digital photos of their paintings in the contest. Members then voted for their favorite painting from among entries exhibited online. The winning cloudscape was “Ever Changing” (14″ x 11″ oil on board) by Lee MacLeod of Santa Fe. Lee will be awarded with a membership certificate, button and gift from The Cloud Appreciation Society to be presented at the PAPNM annual meeting in December.

High Summer © Reid Bandeen

"High Summer" Reid Bandeen, Placitas 6" x 8" oil Placitas, NM

Clouds Preparing For Sunset © Karen L. Halbert

"Clouds Preparing For Sunset" by Karen L. Halbert, Santa Fe oil on linen/panel 9" x 12"

Sunset View From Volcano Open Space ABQ © Shirley Bales

"Sunset View From Volcano Open Space ABQ" by Shirley Bales, Albuquerque 9" x 12" oil on canvas

2 thoughts on “The Plein Air Painters of New Mexico”

    The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild is proud to present En Plein-Air International Competition

  2. Miriam Gargiulo says:

    You can go on!

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