"Painting at Bonnie Springs" 10x8" Oil on Canvas by Richard Robinson
Today was the last day of the Plein Air Painting Conference in Las Vegas. We all painted at Bonnie Springs just 10 minutes drive from Las Vegas. I think there were about 500 painters there today and we took a group photo to send to Guiness World Records for the most people ever painting outdoors in one location, which is a pretty cool little slice of history...
It's hard for me to write about this event. It's really not possible to do it justice in words. When I gave the opening speech a few days ago I began by telling everyone how hard my heart was beating just walking up onto the stage, partly from nerves, but also because I felt as though I had finally found my tribe. It was even truer than I knew at that moment. Over the past few days we have shared our passion for outdoor painting and that simple act of sharing has brought to each and every one of us a real sense of community, of belonging, of friendship and of joy. The experience has moved me deeply and it feels as if this is the beginning of a big change for me.
I don't have time to even write about all the highlights of the convention, but I will post some images below to give some idea of what went on. By all accounts the convention will be held next year on the Californian Coast (can't remember where) and I would love to be there for that too.
Tony Pro, Jeremy Lipking and Alexey Steele.
Ken Auster http://www.kenauster.com/
Who knew it would be freezing cold? Not many.
Rockin it old school with Cory Trepanier.
When your ass gets itchy, scratching it on a post makes it feel better.
The next few days I'm headed for the grand canyon and zion park to see what I can see. Adventure awaits!
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