Publisher Eric Rhoads and Editor Steve Doherty presented $15,000 to the Grand Prize Winner of the 2nd Annual PleinAir Salon Competition last Thursday for the painting “Alterations.”
The Grand Prize winner: “Alterations,” by Shelby Keefe, 2012, oil, 20 x 16 in. Private collection
Wisconsin artist Shelby Keefe, the Grand Prize winner, was featured in the October-November 2012 issue of PleinAir magazine, where she discussed how she tones her canvas in acrylic using bright, complementary colors before painting in oil in the field. “When I worked as a graphic designer, I often did the same thing to create a more interesting background for an illustration or a display,” she told the magazine. “When I left the graphic design field to become a full-time fine art painter in 2005, I continued my practice of ‘getting rid of the white surface’ before I started painting.”
2nd Place winner: “Big Sur,” by Jesse Powell, oil, 16 x 24 in.
Second place in the 2nd Annual PleinAir Salon Competition and a check for $3,000 went to California artist Jesse Powell for “Big Sur.”
3rd Place winner: “Sunflowers and Gladiolus,” by Jim McVicker, oil, 36 x 30 in.
Third place and a check for $1,500 went to Californian Jim McVicker for “Sunflowers and Gladiolus.”
Honorable Mention: “Chasing Light,” by Kim Casebeer, oil, 36 x 36 in.
Honorable Mention: “Hills Above Nicasio, by Davis Perkins, oil, 30 x 30 in.
Honorable Mention: “Curve of the Earth,” by Robin Purcell, watercolor, 21 x 16 in.
Honorable Mention awards worth $500 were presented to Kim Casebeer, Davis Perkins, and Robin Purcell.
Artists may submit pieces for the 3rd Annual PleinAir Salon Competition, beginning now, through the competition’s website.