Getting to Know Pinedale, Wyoming

Good day followers. I’ve been getting to know Pinedale, Wyoming for the last several days. As you may recall from the last time we visited, I was on my way to Driggs, Idaho for the Driggs Digs Plein Air Event. It’s going on right now but unfortunately without me. I stopped in Pinedale on Saturday to get gas and noticed …

Two Steps Forward and One Step Backwards

Doesn’t seem like that’s how it goes sometimes? You take two steps forward and one step backwards. That seems the way it was today. I just came off of a great local plein air event in Montrose, my hometown, last week. On Tuesday I had a great class with 11 students. They were brave, painting all day in the heat. …

The Maynard Dixon Artist Campout

The Maynard Dixon Artist Campout has just concluded. I’m sitting back in camp with an adult beverage, thinking about what a wonderful experience this has been. This is not a plein air competition but rather a gathering of artists for 5 days culminating with an artist’s reception in the main gallery on Friday evening and today with what was called a wet …

I’m In A Foreign Country

At least it feels like I’m in a foreign country. I’m in Los Gatos, California for the Los Gatos Plein Air Festival. I got here Monday evening and am camped in the driveway of my host Elaine Seid. What a wonderful lady. She has been very gracious and helpful. So thankful she drew my name, or however they decide who …

It Can’t be all Work and No Play

You know, it can’t be all work and no play. Take this past Memorial Day weekend for instance. True, I stretched it into 4 1/2 days but things are really slow for us in the gallery over holiday weekends like this one so I opted to slip out of town a little early. Thursday afternoon to be exact. Pulled our …

My How Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

My how time flies when you’re having fun. I know. That’s a lame excuse for not having kept in better touch. I apologize. The problem is…and I’m sure some of you can relate, is that as more time passes without being in touch with someone, the harder it is to make your self sit down and just do it. OK. …

There’s a New Boss in Town and Texas Hill Country

There’s a new boss in town down here at the gallery/studio/frame shop. My wife has left her position with her old job that she held for nearly 24 years and come to work to further the effort here at the gallery. Let me introduce to you, Kathy Simpson, managing co-owner of Simpson Gallery. This is a good thing actually. I’m …

Moving Right Along

Things are moving right along here in the Mike Simpson art world. I’ve been pretty busy and can’t believe it’s the first of March already. Next thing you know it’ll be the 4th of July. Of course you couldn’t tell by the weather yesterday. Snow. But that’s Colorado for you. I thought it’d be a good day in the studio to …

Lots to Catch Up On

We have lots to catch up on. I last left you good folks with a rather large, 72×84 empty canvas on the easel. Since then I’ve been working on it. As I mentioned before, this is the largest easel painting I’ve done and it has been a blast so far. I really like working large. Here you can see me …

Making Do with Studio Work

I’ve been making do with studio work lately. I’d really like to get out and paint but the weather has been a bit uncooperative…too cold, too much snow, too rainy…you know. Any old excuse to stay inside. Fortunately I’ve got a lot of studio work to keep me busy. There is always admin stuff to do; photographing paintings, entering them …