Spent some time finishing up the drawing I started while in Grand Staircase on our hike from Sunday. This is a view down into Buckskin Wash as it cuts deep into the desert leading to the Paria River and eventually the Colorado. I only had time to do a pen drawing while out on site. When we returned to our campsite, I added the watercolors, which magically turned it into a Technicolor dream. The desert certainly was in bloom and was about as colorful as it gets, so I guess my memory of it translated into bright poppy colors in my sketchbook.

Day 6 of 100 Imagined Landscapes #100ImaginedLandscapes. This was inspired by our drive south from Park City to St. George. Mountain tops are still covered in snow, but the valleys are brilliant and green. Already at Day 6, I am learning so much. Just think what I'll be able to do at day 100.

Solitude's Kim Mayhew and Deer Valley's Bob Wheaton presented a check to Utah Open Lands for $10,500 to help purchase Bonanza Flats in exchange for one of my paintings! The painting was hung just in time for closing weekend on April 7th, 2017 at Solitude Ski Resort in the Roundhouse, an on mountain restaurant and day lodge. Huge thanks to Wendy Fischer at Utah Open Lands, Maren Mullin at Gallery MARas well as Solitude Ski ResortDeer Valley Ski Resort for making this happen. I couldn't be more honored to have my art on one of the walls at Solitude and even more grateful for the resorts' contribution to save my back yard from development. Also it just proves that art really can save the world. 

This along with the other encaustic and watercolor paintings I've sold have raised $22,000 for Bonanza Flats. In addition, I am selling small watercolors through my Etsy shop until June 10th with all the proceeds going to Bonanza Flats. 

Images courtesy of Solitude Ski resort

This is my latest encaustic painting, "The Protectors" and I am thrilled with it, it's new home, and the story behind how it all happened. Debuting this week, this mammoth painting will be unveiled at Solitude Ski Resort. Bob Wheaton of Deer Valley and Solitude asked me to paint this special commission with the full proceeds of the painting's sale go to help save Bonanza Flats. We designed it specifically to fit in the Roundhouse at Solitude where it will live and remind us all of the importance of open space. I am so grateful for the incredible support of the amazing people at Solitude who made this happen - both for their support of my art and for protecting open space. Special thanks also to Gallery MAR and Utah Open Lands for their help. SO, if you're headed to Solitude for closing weekend head up to the Roundhouse to check this guy out. 

Starting this Tuesday, April 4th, I'll be participating in#The100DayProject where I will be doing a new watercolor every day for 100 days. You can participate too - all you need to do is to commit to a creative act for 100 days and share with us on Instagram - it can be writing, photography, dance, poetry, knitting, anything that you're curious about. This year, my aim is to paint 100 imagined landscapes, places I've dreamed of in my head as a way to explore imagination, work on my watercolor skills, and see what I might come up with. I'm really excited about this project and hope you'll follow along with me at my special hashtag #100ImaginedLandscapes.

PLUS, I will actually be selling all these watercolors as a way to raise money for Bonanza Flats. I'm setting up an Etsy shop where you will be able to find all of the watercolors available for purchase. And all of the proceeds up until June 10th will go to Save Bonanza Flats.

The watercolor shown here is one I did last fall and still haunts me to this day. It came from a place of emotion and magic, rather than just trying to copy a landscape. I'm hoping that I'll be able to find a bit of that magic again in the next 100 days. I will warn you, some of them might be blah or even just so-so. As with any creative experiment, there are bound to be some duds, but my goal is to faithfully post even the crappy ones and not pass judgement on them. *Please note - this watercolor is not for sale, nor will it be as it is in my sketchbook*

Alright, so if you want to learn more about The 100 Day project, head over to www.the100dayproject.org, follow along with the hashtag to see what everyone else is doing and help keep me motivated over the next 100 days.

Cooper and I went to the desert to hang out in the sun, go hiking and paint in my new studio. It was a great few days. It's hard to leave the desert when its as perfect as it was. At the top of my hike up the Anasazi Trail outside of St. George, I sat on the cliff and painted this as the sun set. I added a few more details once I got home into my studio.
"Flow State"
34 x 47 in; March 2017
Encaustic + Milk Paint

I mostly paint mountains, foggy pines, spindly aspens, and clouds rolling off alpine peaks. But recently I had the opportunity to paint a beach scene. I used to live on the beach, Leucadia in fact, and I would walk barefoot from my house to Grandview with a surfboard under my arm. Sunsets were part of the ritual of living near the beach, and you would put everything down to go watch the sun drop below the horizon. I always watched for the green flash, I even saw it once, I think. Walks along the beach, a glass of wine on the bluff or even an evening fire with friends was an important part of my life those three years. I channeled those memories into one of my latest commissions, based on an evening stroll along the beach in Santa Monica. Can't you just taste the brined air as it condenses in the evening? 

We are in the final stretch now to Save Bonanza Flats. I am so incredibly impressed with the level of support that people are showing for this open space. Not only are people giving of their money directly to contribute to the cause, but they are giving their time and their skills. Friends are donating artwork, stickers, prints, yoga classes, shuttle rides, food, and so much more to raise money for this cause. If anything this experience has taught me is that we all have skills and talents to share that can be used for good. Never underestimate how you can contribute to a cause. We are in the final stretch now - we need to raise a lot of money by March 15th. Hopefully we can achieve the full $13 million we need by then to complete the purchase! Learn more at www.SaveBonanzaFlats.org
"In Concert"
28 x 19 in; February 2017
Encaustic + Milk Paint
photo JP Gendron, Mars Ramp Productions
In an effort to help raise more funds to Save Bonanza Flats, I am auctioning off a new original painting, entitled "Under Their Protection." In collaboration with Gallery MAR, my local gallery here in Park City, we are donating the entire proceeds of the auction to help Save Bonanza Flats. This is 1,350 acres of critical alpine wilderness that we have an opportunity to save forever. If we can raise $13 million as a community, we can help the city of Park City buy this land and protect it.
photo JP Gendron, Mars Ramp Productions
Description of the Painting: "Under Their Protection" is a new, original encaustic painting by Park City-based artist, Bridgette Meinhold. The 25x40 inch painting features the dramatic features of the Bonanza Flats property and gives the sense of what it's like to enjoy the mountains during the winter. Meinhold's encaustic painting features beeswax mixed with damar resin in alternating layers with milk paint to create an atmospheric, 3D effect in a 2D space. The name of the painting, refers to the three peaks in the background, which serve as guardians for those in the valley. Likewise it references our act as stewards of the land to protect the mountains in return.
photo JP Gendron, Mars Ramp Productions
As a resident of Brighton Estates, a neighborhood located adjacent to the Bonanza Flats property, I am deeply connected to this land. I am doing everything I can to help save this special place and keep it wild. If you are interested in purchasing this painting and helping save open space, please contact Gallery MAR. The gallery is located at 436 Main Street, Park City, UT or you can call them at 435-649-3001. The starting bid for this painting is $3,800 and opens on February 7th, 2017. 
"Under Their Protection"
"Under Their Protection" Behind Meinhold's Studio in Brighton Estates
Detail of "Under Their Protection"
photo JP Gendron, Mars Ramp Productions, with Bonanza Flats in background
photo JP Gendron, Mars Ramp Productions
For more information about the effort to save the open space and to make a tax deductible donation please go to www.SaveBonanzaFlats.org. To inquire about purchasing this painting, please contact Gallery MAR.
Inspired by snowy weekend at Sundance Resort as a Guest Artist, I created this little watercolor painting in my sketchbook. Now that I've figured out a technique to paint pines heavy ladden with snow, it's been a delight to create them whenever I can. And Mt. Timpanogos covered in fog and snow is always an inspiration!
I am so pleased to be invited by Sundance to be one of their guest artists. This last weekend we traveled south about an hour to the beautiful mountain resort. Home to a delightful ski resort, beautiful vistas and the the most charging hotel and restaurants ever, Sundance is one of my favorite places ever. If it wasn't being protected already by Robert Redford, it would deserve to be a National Park. While there for the weekend, I was happy to demonstrate my encaustic technique and to show off some of my art. I currently have 9 paintings on display in the Art Studio and Gallery at the Resort and you can view them there until February 22nd! Please stop in and check them out and take an art class while you're there!

21 x 15 in; February 2017
Encaustic + Milk Paint
"Common Dream"
16 x 20 in; February 2017
Encaustic + Milk Paint

Just another normal day at work - transporting new paintings into Gallery MAR via snowmobile. In a snowstorm of course. Here, I'm transporting two paintings, which are each wrapped in a blanket and then strapped into our trusty toboggan. I snowmobile them about one mile from my studio out to my car, and then drive them to the gallery. 

17 x 17 in; February 2017
Encaustic + Milk Paint
"Stand Up"
17 x 17 in; February 2017
Encaustic + Milk Paint
Exciting news for 2017, I now have new representation with Bolam Gallery in Truckee, CA. I have been watching this Tahoe gallery for a couple of years now and made a connection with them earlier this month. As fate would have it, the two owners were also watching me and we all couldn't be more excited to have this new relationship. Bolam Gallery is an awesome gallery in the hopping historic town of Truckee, CA on the north side of Lake Tahoe and right off I-80. They specialize in modern, western art and I'm thrilled to have my work hung alongside of so many talented artists, including friends Maura Allen and Ron Russon.

We recently dropped off seven new paintings to the California gallery including some work from this past year and two new paintings completed especially to capture the spirit of the Tahoe region. Matt and I were able to spend some time with the owners, Andrew Bolam and Annie Hooker, and we hit it off spectacularly. It's amazing to not only meet and work with talented folks, but its even better to feel as though they are friends. So if you are in the Tahoe area, be sure to stop off at Bolam Gallery and say hi to Andrew and Annie and to check out my newest paintings. Bolam Gallery is 10396 Donner Pass Road and is open from 11-5 daily.

I have new representation in Truckee, CA and we are enroute to drop off 7 paintings to Bolam Gallery. Super excited to have representation out in the Tahoe area - because let's be frank, it's awesome out here and now I have another reason to play in these mountains. This is one of my newest paintings - "In It Together," and it's 20x40 inches with a reclaimed barn wood frame made by my talented husband. For more info contact Bolam Gallery. I'm still playing with the theme from my November Show, Under the Same Sky, how we all share this beautiful planet and we are in it together to make grand, beautiful lives.
"Under Their Protection"
25 x 40 in; January 2017

We now have once in a lifetime chance to save Bonanza Flats from being developed into a luxury resort and instead turn it into open space for all of us to enjoy forever. If you're not familiar with the campaign to save the 1,350 acres just outside of Park City and directly adjacent to my neighborhood of Brighton Estates, please read more about it here: Save Bonanza Flats. You can also read more through the Salt Lake Tribune and the Park Record.
In the November 2016 election, the city of Park City bonded for $25 million to purchase the parcel as open space and has agreed to buy the land from Redus LLC, a Wells Fargo subsidiary, for $38 million. Park City is working along with Utah Open Lands to raise the additional $13 million to finish the purchase. We must raise that money soon and Park City has an initial deadline of March 15th to continue with the purchase agreement.
Protecting Bonanza Flats as open space will do a number of things for us as a community. First, it will maintain the quality of this valley and stop development - no major construction project, no giant hotel, it will protect the wildlife, maintain water quality, and preserve this beautiful valley we all love. Second, much of the land we currently recreate on is technically private land - so if you have ever backcountry skied, gone hiking to Bloods Lake, taken walked among the aspens as they changed colors in the fall, you were trespassing. Once it is made into open space we can hike, ski and move about on it without trespassing. Third, saving this land helps preserve water quality for Wasatch and Salt Lake Counties. Pine Creek, which is the very top of the Pine Creek drainage, feeds into Deer Creek Reservoir and from there some of that water is taken out and transported via the Salt Lake Aqueduct into Millcreek. By protecting our valley, we protect the watershed for the Salt Lake Valley.
There are three easy things we need help with to save this beautiful piece of land - contacting county representatives, raising funds, and spreading the word.
1. We need to contact all of the surrounding county and government officials to tell them we support Bonanza Flats and we think their county government should support it and provide funds to the cause. If we can get Summit County, Salt Lake County and Wasatch County to fund a good chunk of the money, we are far more likely to succeed in this endeavor. This week - please email or call ALL of the surrounding county officials to get them to act quickly. Contact all these representatives that aren't from your city or your county too. This is the most important thing you can do to help save Bonanza Flats. Here is a sample email:
Dear Representative, I strongly support the open space purchase and preservation of Bonanza Flats in Wasatch County. I ask that you support the protection of the 1,350 acres of Bonanza Flats and contribute funds towards the purchase of this beautiful piece of land. This area is critical for wildlife, watershed, and ecology. Many people in my community and surrounding areas support this effort to make more open space. Please donate county funds for this effort through Utah Open Lands and support Park City's purchase of the parcel. To learn more go here: http://savebonanzaflats.org/ Thank you.
To contact County Officials, use these email addresses and copy them directly into your To field in your email:
Cottonwood Heights Council kcullimore@ch.utah.gov, mshelton@ch.utah.gov, sbracken@ch.utah.gov, mpeterson@ch.utah.gov, ttyler@ch.utah.gov
Salt Lake County Council JWilson@slco.org, RSnelgrove@slco.org, JBradley@slco.org, ARBradshaw@slco.org, MHJensen@slco.org, ANewton@slco.org, SGranato@slco.org, SLDeBry@slco.org, MBurdick@slco.org, mayor@slco.org
Salt Lake City Council james.rogers@slcgov.com, andrew.johnston@slcgov.com, stan.penfold@slcgov.com, derek.kitchen@slcgov.com, erin.mendenhall@slcgov.com, charlie.luke@slcgov.com, lisa.adams@slcgov.com, council.comments@slcgov.com, mayor@slcgov.com
Sandy Officials sfairbanks@sandy.utah.gov, lsaville@sandy.utah.gov, ssmith@sandy.utah.gov, scowdell@sandy.utah.gov, mbarker@sandy.utah.gov, knicholl@sandy.utah.gov, cmccandless@sandy.utah.gov
Summit County Council countycouncil@summitcounty.org, kcarson@summitcounty.org, rarmstrong@summitcounty.org, dclyde@summitcounty.org, cfrobinson@summitcounty.org, gwright@summitcounty.org, tfisher@summitcounty.org
Wasatch County Officials kcrittenden@wasatch.utah.gov, sfarrell@wasatch.utah.gov, mpetersen@wasatch.utah.gov, dgoode@wasatch.utah.gov, mnelson@wasatch.utah.gov, gmcphie@wasatch.utah.gov, spark@wasatch.utah.gov, Manager@wasatch.utah.gov
2. After you contact your representatives, please donate to the cause. You can donate money through the Utah Open Lands Save Bonanza Flats website. Any amount will help, but please consider this as one of your sizable donations for the year. Remember this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to save this property from being developed. If we can raise the funds and buy the land by March 15th, it will be protected FOREVER.
3. Spread the word! The more information we can get out about this effort, the faster we can raise the money and make sure the land is protected. Follow Utah Open Lands on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Tell your friends, your family, and your neighbors about this. Please forward this letter to others - ask them to contact our representatives and share as much as you can on social media. In order to protect this land, we must act quickly.
Thank you so much for your time, and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE contact your representatives this week! And please share this post!

"Shared Space"
24 x 24 in; January 2017
Encaustic + Milk Paint
"In It Together"
20 x 40 in; January 2017
Encaustic + Milk Paint