plein air

Early Light

My friend and art buddy Kathy and I decided to get out very early this morning and catch the light on an accessible creek bed for a plein air outing. Plein air just means outdoors, but some people even consider it plein air if they are indoors but painting from life. Kathy had spotted this…

IAPS 2019

What is the ultimate play date for pastel artists? The International Association of Pastel Societies conference, of course! Just imagine seeing, eating, chatting and learning with numbers of master pastelists, all of whom were approachable, generous and encouraging. Walking at your leisure through a roomful of the very highest quality pastel paintings from all over…

Pecos Bills

For twenty minutes the artists watched these two delight themselves in their morning ablutions. Untroubled in the least by their audience, they preened and washed without moving away from the area. The artists were delighted, the ducks were delighted. A recent highlight in my life was the painting plein air workshop I took last October…