I was privileged to be invited to the Sedona Plein Air Festival this year. It felt like the perfect vacation to me - a vacation, in which you spend 10 days in a beautiful place and you don't feel guilty that you are not painting (because you are painting all the time).
The festival arranged for a free accommodation to my family (my wife, my dog and myself), in a beautiful rustic house, with a yard for the dog and an unobstructed view to the most iconic rock in Sedona, Cathedral Rock. I would wake up before sunrise and take a hike with Oggy. We saw rabbits, deer and such a huge coyote that it might have been a wolf. I would look for a good painting spot during our morning walks, but I never really ended up going too far from the back yard to paint. All the great subject matter was right there in front of the house.
The festival also arranged for several plein-air paint outs and sales in beautiful locations. Take a look at this video of our paint out in Seven Canyons, and a lot more stuff on the SedonaArtsCenter Facebook page.
At the end of the week of painting, there were awards and a closing ceremony. My painting "Last Light on Cathedral Rock" won the image award of the show and will be featured in all of next year's advertising - billboards, magazines, etc.
Thank you Sedona Plein Air Festival, thank you to our hosts Caroline and Gary, and all the great people that we met there!