Hi all, just wanted to put these paintings up quickly to give you some idea of what I've been doing over here in California. Right now the plein air convention is still going and this year it's even bigger with what looks to me like over a thousand painters here in beautiful Monterey and again it's such a treat to just see us all together like this but mostly to meet everyone and share stories and to share our passion for plein air painting.
The scenery along the coast here is just outstanding as is the light which is very atmospheric and different from anything in New Zealand. I'm so looking forward to painting Big Sur in the next week and then Yosemite after that, despite the stories of hungry grisly bears, rattlers and cougars I keep hearing :-)
I'll post more later when I have time and probably put another ebook together like the one from Hawaii last year. I'm currently checking out galleries to represent me over here in Carmel to take all my California paintings (which I'm sure there will be many more of) so if you think you know one that might be a good fit please do let me know.
One thing that really stuck with me from the conference was what one speaker said in that we (painters) are all 'artists of our time'. This is our time, right now. We look to the great artists of the past and we look around and wonder who might be the next big thing, but each of us speaks for our time here now and what we have to say about our time as plein air painters is that there is beauty here, there is beauty everywhere and we need to cherish it, to honour it, to share it. We are keepers of beauty and we are givers of beauty and that's a awesome tradition that we are paving the road for painting by painting.
:-) I must be getting tired - starting to philosophise. I'll quit while I'm ahead. Good night all.
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