The scene was enough to turn anyone into an artist. Six people stood near easels with paintbrushes in hand. The light was crisp and bright as it reflected off the yellows of the falling aspen leaves.
The six artists, R.C. Dieckhoff, Jim McBrayer, Phil Wright, Zanobia, Suzy Holloran and Susan Schiesser, were gathered for the three-day "Hahn's Peak Plein Air Workshop." The event was the first in what is expected to be a regular series of workshops held every fall in North Routt. One more is planned for 2005 and will be announced on the Web site www.artlinksteamboat.com.
Exhibit of plein air paintings by Jim McBrayer, Phil Wright, Zanobia, Suzy Holloran, Susan Schiesser and R.C. Dieckhoff as part of the M.O.R.E. Art Site Project
Hahn's Peak Inn, 61723 Routt County Road 129, Hahn's Peak
The workshop involved pre-painting lectures and post-painting critiques with discussion groups held at night during dinner.
The six artists woke up at 7:15 a.m. each morning for breakfast and were painting by 8 a.m. The goal was for everyone to complete three paintings a day, which meant no more than two to three hours could be spent on each painting.
ArtLink provided participants with 8-by-10 inch and 9-by-12 inch canvases as well as a selection of water-soluble oil paints.
As hosts to the event, the Hahn's Peak Inn chose the best painting by each artist for display in its lobby. The ongoing exhibit is the second installation of the M.O.R.E. Art Site Project. The first installation was held this summer in the halls of the Yampa Valley Medical Center Medical Office Building.
Artists painted on location at Rainbow Ridge in Steamboat Lake State Park, at the Dutch Creek Guest Ranch and behind the Columbine Cabins.