San Luis Obispo Plein Air, 2012

I’m looking forward to painting next week on the central coast of California for the San Luis Obispo Plein Air Exhibition at the Museum of Art there.  It’s such a beautiful place to paint: coastal scenes, wineries, golden hills of oaks–they have it all.  So if you you’re in the area, say hello!  The show … Continue reading San Luis Obispo Plein Air, 2012

2012 San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival

I will be participating again this year in the San Luis Obispo Plein Air festival at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, October 1-7.  I usually choose one area to focus on…not sure what it will be.  In year’s past, I’ve focused on Avila Beach (cove) and the Rocky Point area (see below).  Any … Continue reading 2012 San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival

San Luis Obispo Plein Air show coming up

The San Luis Obispo Plein Air show is coming up! This is a great event. The artists have an wonderful variety of subjects to paint, from seascapes, cityscapes, vineyards and of course the town itself. I plan to paint all seascapes, but who knows, I’ve got to paint what inspires me! I’m staying most of … Continue reading San Luis Obispo Plein Air show coming up

San Luis Obispo Plein Air: one last painting

A big thank you to those that participated in my poll yesterday to select the top 3 paintings.  I’m going with your recommendations, BUT, adding this new one below. Even though I felt I had a pretty good selection of paintings for the show tomorrow, I cranked out one last painting this morning. I think … Continue reading San Luis Obispo Plein Air: one last painting

San Luis Obispo Plein Air 2008

I’m headed to San Luis Obispo tomorrow morning for their annual plein air event. The weather forecast looks terrific, so I shouldn’t be hampered by rain (like last year). There’s a great roster of artists attending, so it should be a terrific show! Hope to see you there. See below for show details. Click for … Continue reading San Luis Obispo Plein Air 2008

Quickdraw at San Luis Obispo Plein Air 2006

Today was the last painting day of the San Luis Obispo Plein Air competition, the “Quick Draw”.  We were given 2 hours to complete a painting, followed by a live auction. Yesterday I scouted out a couple of compositions and ended up painting the History Museum, one of the many built by the Carnegie Foundation … Continue reading Quickdraw at San Luis Obispo Plein Air 2006

San Luis Obispo Plein Air 2006 – Coming Up

I’m leaving Saturday morning for a week of painting as part of the San Luis Obispo Plein Air 2006 show.  I’m really looking forward to this.  It’s a much smaller group than Estes Park Plein Air, and I have several friends in the show.  We’ve decided to get together for regular critiques during the week … Continue reading San Luis Obispo Plein Air 2006 – Coming Up

San Luis Obispo Show: Painting on the Buchon Trail

“For a few weeks in August, 1976, Hollywood magic flipped the coasts of the United States and transformed the coast south of Moñtana de Oro State Park into Passamaquoddy, Maine. A lighthouse was built near Point Buchon as  part of Pete’s Dragon, the most expensive Walt Disney production to date.”  So reported local papers as Disney built a lighthouse on the Buchon Trail, the subject of a new show at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art October 5-8.  I’m honored to be one of several invited artists invited to capture this landscape “en plein air” for a show of paintings fresh off the easel. The gallery above shows some of the paintings I plan to hang.

This incredible coastal area was only opened to the public a few years ago, and as far as I know, this is the first show dedicated to the unspoiled beauty of this land.  Being there last week, driven with my painting equipment in a 4-wheel drive on seldom used private dirt roads, I had a chance to see how the earliest Native Americans and their Spanish invaders witnessed an unspoiled California coast.

If you’re an artist or collector, chances are you’ve seen countless paintings of Laguna Beach, Point Lobos or Morro Bay–but you’re unlikely to  have seen this incredible landscape chosen by Disney studios to amaze movie goers.

And it is an amazing landscape.  Of particular interest (which I’m not posting here–come to the show and see it!) are the large rock stacks just off shore that are considered the “Stonehenge of the Pacific.”  They really are incredible, and I had a great time painting them to prepare for the show with fellow artists.  Several of us painted these icons, and they’re each unique.  Come see what each artist saw.

So, join us, by either viewing the show at the museum, and/or watching the artists (including me) paint the area live.  As a bonus, the proceeds from the show will help fund this local icon of Central Coast arts, the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.  Click here for more detail, if you come, say hello!

SLO Plein Air ‘07, QuickDraw Event

We had perfect weather for today’s Quickdraw event at San Luis Obispo Plein Air.  As happens in many events like these, there was a mix of adult part-time, learning artists and collectors.  I gave away lots of cards, advice to early artists and set up a snow scene near my easel so passerby would see … Continue reading SLO Plein Air ‘07, QuickDraw Event