“Viewers’ Choice” at Piedmont Paintout 2014

I was honored to have been included in the 1st annual Piedmont Paintout this year in High Point, NC. I was chosen as one of 30 artists from around the country to participate.  It was a great event and I believe it brought a new perspective of art and art appreciation to High Point.

The event started on Thursday, Sept. 18th with a “quick paint”. We had 3 hours to paint and frame a completed painting ready to be judged. We had a designated area on Main St. to paint, so I set up in the First Presbyterian Church’s yard and painted an interesting doorway on the rock structure.  This was the first of my paintings to sell at the main event on Saturday.

plein air painting of First Presbyterian Church High Point during Piedmont Paintout by North Carolina artist Jeremy Sams
“Here Comes the Bride” 11×14 acrylic

Interestingly enough, the lady who bought this painting was proposed to just under the tree of this side of the church some 50 years ago. I was thrilled that the painting helped preserve some very important memories for her!

Below are some of my other paintings during the plein air competition:

plein air painting of alley at Piedmont Paintout High Point NC by artist Jeremy Sams
“Urban Passage” 16×12 acrylic

 

My plein air set up for painting nocturnes at "the Pit"
My plein air set up for painting nocturnes at “the Pit”
Plein air painting at night of graffiti scene landscape by North Carolina artist Jeremy Sams
“One Man’s Trash Another Man’s Treasure” 16×12 acrylic *sold

 

High Point city lake painted in the morning en plein air
“Sunny Side Up” 11×14 acrylic *sold

 

plein air painting of parking lot alley door Piedmont Paintout High Point NC by North Carolina artist Jeremy Sams
“Hidden Treasure” 10×8 acrylic *sold

 

We also had the opportunity to have a High Point University art student tag along as we painted. Alicia Miller was my student and she painted her first ever nocturne en plein air!…did a great job too!

HPU student Alicia Miller painting a nocturne
HPU student Alicia Miller painting a nocturne
My nocturne set up
My nocturne set up

I was honored to have received the “Viewers’ Choice Award” for my night painting, “Leave A Light On”. There are some paintings you can just tell are going to be special…this was one of those moments.

Viewers Choice award for plein air painting of High Point Train Depot nocturne by North Carolina artist Jeremy Sams
“Leave A Light On” 16×20 *sold
Receiving my Viewers Choice Award...the painting had already left with its new owner.
Receiving my Viewers Choice Award…the painting had already left with its new owner.

We were also featured in Plein Air Collector!

Thanks High Point friends, the J Gallery, and all the other sponsors for making this a great event!