Just found out that I won 3rd place in the California State Fair Plein Air Art Contest.  It will be showing in the Fine Art Exhibition at Cal Expo until July 26th, 2015.  We had two day of Plein Air painting from July 18th to July 19th.  There were 40 different artists painting all over the State Fair. Each artist did one or two or three paintings.  I did three watercolor paintings on 18" by 24"by 1/2" watercolor canvas.  I used Pebeo masking liquid for a sketch to preserve the white of the canvas and then when dry painted in professional tube watercolor paint.  When it dried, I took off the masking and also attached a wire with hooks on the back for hang with tape over the wire and sprayed clear Glossy UV varnish over the painting to protect it.  I did my first painting around 9 am on July 18th at the entrance to the Midway Section near the main entrance to the Fair grounds.  I titled this painting "Above the Maddening Crowd" with a Ferris Wheel behind the main sign to the Midway.  My second painting I did around noon on the same day during the judging of the cattle show.  I called this painting "Best of Show".  It won 3rd place.

I also got an Award of Merit for an acrylic painting titled "Guardian Angel".  It is being shown in the Fine Art Exhibition of Cal Expo in Sacramento.  The show last until July 26th, 2015.
I will teach a small group of watercolor painters some Plein Air techniques using watercolor on Gesso covered watercolor paper and viewing a picture of a Ferris Wheel in a Midway Section at a State Fair.  I had done several other paintings of the State Fair, but was registered to enter two from the blank canvases that I brought to them at their administration building during registration time.
Attached are some of the pictures from the State Fair and my paintings.
Ron Ridley
Ridley Art Studio
Elk Grove, CA
P.S.  This Plein Air Art Contest had 8 people from the Sacramento Plein Air Painters group of which I am a member.  I did not take pictures of my completed painting, but will take the pictures when I pick them up on July 31st unless they sell first.  I also did not take pictures of some of the other Plein Air artists that I talked to. I talked to four of the 40 artists that were doing the Plein Air. We talked about their technique to Plein Air using different medium like oils, acrylic, watercolor and pastel.

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