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Schoolhouse Rock

Schoolhouse Rock

Friends - I have had so many wonderful experiences this year, and I have to say that most of them have involved kids. It seemed right to me to paint about those experiences.

Here is one: The local HMK Elementary school received a grant from 'The Bates Wilson Legacy Fund' of the Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks. So with a bit of money and the hard work of teachers like Bruce Hucko (the 'Art Coach') and Sarah Hamingson, the 3rd and 4th graders have had life-changing experiences in plein air painting this year. The location for the painting events may be obvious - somewhere in the red rock splendor of the national parks in Moab.

I was lucky enough to join them on their last day which took place at the Windows Section of Arches National Park. Those kids were so engaged and so creative. Nothing is more motivating - to me, at least. So, between this experience and my Cape Perpetua experiences, I will have more Schoolhouse Rock paintings to share with you at some point.

I was undecided as to how to matte this one, thus you see two versions. The cropped one is better for compositional considerations. But every kid at that event was special, so I just can't cut one off! (this is a case where enthusiasm conquers reason).

I think it is probably fair that if someone wishes to purchase this particular painting that the donation be made out for the HMK School Art Program - also non-profit and tax-deductible.

Be well always,

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