Paint Annapolis is on the way! Learn more about the juried artists and get yourself ready for this historic Plein air painting festival. 

We’re excited to welcome Craig Reynolds from Gulf Shores, Alabama as a juried artist for Paint Annapolis 2022! Craig started painting and drawing at an early age. His father taught him to paint the outdoors, the local farms, and the harbor. Reynolds says, “I seem to get lonesome and somewhat bored in the studio, I’m really an outdoorsman at heart. My dad started me hunting and fishing at a very young age. I remember him stopping to watch the sunrise or sunset on the river and teaching me about the beauty of nature. I remember walking in the forest before sunrise and stopping to look at all the millions of stars and getting chill bumps from the beauty and mystic of the night sky, I lived a simple life in the south.”

(Above) Craig Reynolds

“Being an artist is a lifestyle rather than a job. I live, eat and breathe the desire to paint. I see a painting in almost everything.”

– Craig Reynolds
“The Sugar Mill Ruins,” oil, cold wax on linen, by Craig Reynolds

“The most important ingredient of a successful painting to me is whether or not I’m really in love with the subject or the scene. Of course composition and design elements are very important as well as proper value harmony and color harmony. My major goal is for every painting is to tell a story without even one written word,” Craig said.

“The Skipjack and the Draketail,” oil, by Craig Reynolds, from Paint Annapolis 2018

Craig began his full-time professional art business in 2005. He travels America painting in plein air competitions, paintouts, and painting excursions across the United States and abroad. He was awarded ‘Exceptional Body of Work,’ in the 2018 Paint Annapolis Plein Air Competition. Craig is also a mentor to locals in his hometown of Gulf Shores, Alabama, and teaches plein air and studio workshops across the south.

“My favorite subjects to paint is anything old. I have always appreciated the old stuff and am intrigued by the history and craftsmanship of the old working boats, harbor scenes, boat yards, old barns, landscapes and all the history and stories told by the scars and patina.”

– Craig Reynolds
“St Francis At The Point,” oil and cold wax, linen, by Craig Reynolds

“When I’m out scouting I’m first drawn to a subject by a couple of things. The first thing is the good natural composition or at least the potential for a good composition. Secondly has to be about the light and shadow interpretation as produced by golden hour light. I favor a backlit situation over a lit situation en plein air. I like to loose and sharpen edges where necessary, to exaggerate light glare and sparkles to exemplify light verses shadow and to actually paint an appearance of air between myself and the subject.”

– Craig Reynolds
“The French Quarter,” oil / linen panel, by Craig Reynolds

Reynolds enjoys being outside, observing nature’s beauty to paint plein air. He says, “I worked my entire career as a steelworker inside a building and remember many times longing to be outdoors. My typical work week now, outside of plein air competitions, involves going out and doing a couple of plein air studies on Monday then spending the rest of the week in the studio either completing or painting larger versions of the studies, doing submissions, my schedule, spending time with my family.”

“Off Old Sudley Rd,” oil, by Craig Reynolds, from Paint Annapolis 2018

Learn more about Craig on his website here.

Join Craig for this year’s Paint Annapolis plein air festival and register to participate as a public artist. Learn more at paintannapolis.org

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