Monday, August 24, 2015

I Won Four Awards at the Plein Air Rockies Competition

My painting that won the People's Choice Award in progress
I had such a fun time painting in the Plein Air Rockies 2015 landscape painting competition last week hosted by the Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park, CO. I am so honored to have taken home 4 awards in the competition as follows: 1st Place in the Quick Draw Competition (to create a painting in 90min.), The Silver Award from the Town of Estes Park, The People's Choice Award, and a tie for the Artist's Choice Award.

Following are some of my photos from the event, and the paintings submitted. There is an exhibition on view until October 25th, 2015 where some of the paintings are still available for sale. For inquiries please feel welcome to contact the Cultural Arts Council at this email address:
Erik Koeppel "Morning at Bear Lake, Rocky Mountains" 12 x 20 in. Oil on panel

Erik Koeppel "Evening Light on Long's Peak" 14 x 24 in. Oil on panel (Silver Award, Town of Estes Park)

Erik Koeppel "Hallett Peak" 12 x 20 inches. Oil on panel (People's Choice Award) 
Erik Koeppel "Long's Peak from Estes Park" 5 x 7 inches. Oil on panel (1st Place, Quick Draw)

Erik Koeppel "Evening in the Rockies" 4 x 6 inches Oil on panel (my entry to the miniatures competition)

This painting was created in 90 min, for the Quick Draw Competition (and sold 5 min. later)

An elk came by to check my progress on this study

On the trail to Bierstadt Lake

Painting at Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

Painting in progress at Dream Lake

In progress at the Quick Draw Competition

Starting "Evening Light on Long's Peak" on the first day we arrived
Thanks for reading!

A 2nd Instructional DVD on my method of painting is coming soon. Here's the first one:



  • Composition Sketch
  • Outdoor Plein Air Study
  • Outdoor Tree at Sunset Study
  • Glazing Demonstration
  • Studio Painting
  • Interview with Fine Art Connoisseur Publisher, B. Eric Rhoads
  • Exhibit of Koeppel paintings
  • 9:37 run time (hours)


  1. Very well-done, Erik! Especially considering their small size -- wow!!

  2. Lovely as usual and congratulations! Still WAITING for the 2nd DVD! It seems like it's been over a year now.