Home from the Plein Air Convention & Expo, in Monterey California. The event was held over five days.
Wednesday through Friday was the indoor portion of the program with lots of lectures, demonstrations, and manufactures. Saturday and Sunday was the outdoor portion of the program. I was one of the demonstrators. The event was hosted by Plein Air Magazine. More than 600 artists were in attendance this year! The publication has outstanding articles on plein air artists, high quality printing, and solid information pertaining to working outdoors. It's mainly an oil painter's publication with a smattering of watercolor.
When I was asked to participate I had my reservations. I wondered if I would I look out of place next to hundreds of oil painters? Would I be the odd man out? Would my artwork hold up next to an oil painting...?
Yup...I had a moment of self-doubt. I'm no different than you. We all have to deal with that monster now and again. The trick is not to let my emotions rule my actions. Look at all the great sketching and painting opportunities I would have missed!
|Point Pinos Lighthouse, Pacific Grove|
The organizer Eric Rhoads talked to me about bringing more watercolorists to the event next year...
|Asilomar Resort and Beach|