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!
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.
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!