Tracy Miller Expressions
| 21 June, 2017 12:56
Recently, I went on a trip to Creede, Colorado where I was fortunate enough to paint with Stephen Quiller and several other fantastic artists during Taste of Creede. Taste of Creede is an annual Event where they celebrate the fine arts and dining, and it’s a lot of fun. This year it was held over Memorial Day weekend and the turnout was great! I was so excited to participate, and I’m even more excited to share my experience with you here on my blog.
The artists who attend Taste of Creede are set up on the street to do painting demonstrations. Finally, on Sunday, we all participate in a “Quick Draw.” This is such a unique experience, and one that I loved participating in. We’re given an hour and during that time we paint anything that we believe reflects Creede, Colorado. Some artists choose to go with landscapes, some choose to paint the quaint downtown area, while others choose to paint portraits.
I decided to paint something relevant to the trout paints I've been working on over the course of the last 3-4 years. Creede is at the headwaters of the Rio Grande, and fly fishing is a huge pastime for those who are from the area or who come to visit. I decided to get creative and paint fishing flies – a totally new concept to me (and the people at the event!). I was excited to put my work out there, but to complete it within the allotted hour took some seriously vigorous painting. After all was said and done, I was honored that someone bid on the painting. What an incredible validation of the effort you pour into your work!
The “Quick Draw” at Taste of Creede raises money for the Creede Chamber of Commerce, which is an added benefit to participating. Overall, it was a wonderful weekend and I was thrilled to paint alongside some truly excellent artists such as Frank Fancese, Coni Grant, David Montgomery, Charles Ewing, and (as mentioned before) Stephen Quiller.
The weekend was only made better by the fact that my husband, Roger, and I camped in our recently renovated vintage camper – who we have dubbed Dimples. We saw some incredible wildlife – we actually spent Sunday morning in the presence of wild sheep! If you get the chance to attend Taste of Creede next year, or just to visit the area at all, I highly recommend it. Such a stunning pocket of Colorado’s natural beauty!