Plein Air Convention 2013 – Part 1

My first painting upon my arrival in Monterey, CA

I was blessed again to be able to attend the 2nd Annual Plein Air Convention, which was held this year in beautiful Monterey, California. I arrived a couple of days before the convention began so I could paint some on my own and just enjoy the sunshine after a long winter back home. I have many aritst friends ask about the convention and in order to give them a sense of what goes on at one of these, I am going to do a few blog posts with photos and some brief descriptions about the fun and information you can have when you are at one of these great events! Because there was so much going on and so many fine artists in attendance and on stage sharing their knowledge with the attendees, it would be difficult to cover it all. But I hope you get a sense of what a valuable experience this event is from my posts and photos here.

The convention is a combination of indoor demos and lectures by artists from all over the country and world. We also were treated once again to a Marketing Boot Camp presented by Eric Rhoads and other professionals out there who gave us advice and information about the business side of art. This began at 6:30 am each morning! Of course, coffee and breakfast was available to keep us nourished and awake at this early hour!

Artists and marketing specialists, Ed Terpening and Leslie Saeta join Eric Rhoads in presenting valuable business information to the attendees during the Boot Camp presentation one morning

Much of the indoor time at the convention was spent watching fabulous demos by a wide variety of artists. The staff did a great job of mixing artists who were part of the faculty at the last convention with some new artists that had not been a part of the instruction before. Some artists painted on stage alone, while others were paired with another artist and you could watch and listen to both at the same time. Super LARGE screens were used to show the artists working up close and personal, but the room is set up to give good views from anywhere you sit. I will share some of my favorite shots from these demos below.

Artist Scott Christensen talking about his painting process and some painting words of wisdom before he begins his demo.

Scott Christensen during his demo onstage of an enlarged scene from a previously completed plein air sketch.

Artists Lori Putnam and CW Mundy doing a demo together on stage.

A little “comic relief” during the demo when Lori helped clean up a little paint mishap on CW’s head!

Lori Putnam working on her on stage demo from a plein air sketch completed the day before on the Pacific Coast.

Peggi Kroll-Roberts did some sketches while talking about her process from a live model on stage.

Crowd favorite, Ken Auster, completed the largest demo of the convention. He went from this blank canvas…

…to this beautiful painting in a little less than an hour and fifteen minutes!

Another shot of Ken’s painting on display in the Expo area. Each demo was placed after the artist completed them on stage in the Expo area so you could see them up close and personal.

Artists Jill Carver and Ray Roberts on stage together.

Jill Carver’s almost completed demo along with her palette. It is always interesting to me to see an artist’s palette along with a painting.

Artists Dawn Whitelaw and Skip Whitcomb paint on stage together.

Artist Brian Blood with his finished demo and reference.

Another favorite duo from last year’s convention, Camille Przewodek and Ned Mueller, demo together on stage this year.

New Zealand artist, John Crump, was a joy to watch demo his fabulous ocean side scene on the Expo stage.

These are just a few of the wonderful demos presented at the convention. Other artists that painted on stage included Michael Godfrey, Kathryn Stats, Gil Delinger, Don Demers, and Morgan Samuel Price. There was also an additional stage set up in the Expo area where demos were going on at the same time as the ones on the large stage. This made it difficult sometimes to choose which you wanted to watch, but gave convention attendees the choice to watch someone that may match their particular interests more closely. Some of these artists that I watched on this stage included Kathleen Dunphy, John Crump, and Shelby Keefe.

More convention reviews and photos to come tomorrow!

9 Responses
  • Kathy Cousart on April 26, 2013

    What a wonderful job writing up the experience that you had. Loved hearing what you did each day and all the amazing photos! Thanks for taking the time to do that and also for sharing! Hope to go one day!! Yay for you!

    • admin on April 27, 2013

      Thanks Kathy! More to come tomorrow! This was just half of the event!

  • Ron Lace on April 26, 2013

    Great job Denise! The post was very informative and makes me want to make plans for the next convention. Thank you for all you dedication and hard work. Look forward to your next post.

    • admin on April 27, 2013

      Thanks Ron! It is a fabulous event and so inspiring to me and everyone there!

  • Holly Wolfe on April 27, 2013

    Loved reading about your experience!
    It had to have been sooo awesome and inspiring!

    • admin on April 27, 2013

      Thanks Holly, it was! Lots of good memories for me from these conventions.

  • Jerry Stocks on April 27, 2013

    Denise, this is such wonderful info you shared. Thank you so much. I had a great time at Patti Mollica’s workshop in NC. We talked about you and all the great work you are painting.

    • admin on April 27, 2013

      Thanks Jerry! I am glad your workshop with Patti went well. I am sure she is a great teacher and thanks to you both for the kind words!

  • Lori Putnam on November 25, 2014

    Just ran across this… cool! Thanks for posting it.

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