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Artists paint fast for WWWC auction

Artists paint fast for WWWC auction

Feb 8, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge Staff Writer

He began with a stroke of green. The next steps were sideways brushes of yellow, black and brown bursting into a scene of trees being kissed by the sun.

A tap on each branch with fingertips blended the colors together. In a few moments, the scene was captured.

Dubois artist Gary Keimig focused on his painting of an aspen scene as the clock ticked for an hour Saturday night at the Wild West Winter Carnival Quick Draw Auction. The event was sponsored by the Riverton Artists Guild, Wind River Gallery and A.D. Lumber Company. Artists were challenged to create a painting in one hour as the public milled around watching them. The pieces were auctioned off at the end of the evening.

"I have been participating in the quick draw since it first started 25 years ago," Keimig said.

"I absolutely love it and have a lot of fun with the challenge to create something in such a short time."

After debating whether or not he should paint a scene from the Tetons, Keimig decided to paint aspens and use gouache water colors, which he said he really enjoys.

"It is a different technique, but I thought it turned out pretty good and was pleased with the result," Keimig said.

Although some painters might get distracted from passersby, Keimig said he enjoys interacting with the crowd.

"People walking up behind me and watching me paint really isn't a distraction," Keimig said. "I actually welcome anyone to come talk to me while I paint."

Keimig moved to Wyoming in 1978 where he found a unique area with a variety of wildlife and habitat. His educational background is in art and biology, which he said has served him well in the work he enjoys painting. He often captures the grandeur and adventure of nature and puts his love of the outdoors in his paintings.

He said he has been involved in many one-man shows throughout the Rocky Mountain region, has been invited to attend a number of National Western and Wildlife Invitational shows and has won numerous awards for his work.

Keimig said he considers his paintings successful when the viewer is touched equally or catches a glimpse of the enduring spirit of the wilderness and can find meaning within.

Painters at the event experimented with a variety of mediums including canvases, animal hide and sketch pads. Some artists used pencils, charcoal, chalk and oil-based paints to create everything from mountains to horses, mountain lions and nature.

"I have been painting all of my life and for over 40 years professionally, so I really look forward to the quick draw event every year," Keimig said. "It just allows a group of people who enjoy the same thing to get together and show the public how much we love painting."

Keimig said anyone interested in viewing his paintings can visit his website at www.garykeimig.

blogspot.com where he posts different pieces of art for those unable to attend his shows.

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