Monday, September 17, 2007
Moonlit Tide - pastel 9 x 12
In a few weeks I'll be heading out to Laguna Beach for the Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational. This is my third year in this event and its a big thrill to be included in one of the most prestigious plein air events in the country. Plein air shows are like a high wire act- at least to me. You are trying to paint a landscape which is not your home turf - in this case, surf- do some of the best work you can and do it in just a few days! This year the organizers decided to ask each artist to exhibit a studio piece in addition to the work done during the event. I didn't have time to create something but I did have this small pastel from a previous trip to Carmel. I had planned to hold onto it because I like it and I think its important to keep paintings that signal the direction you want your work to go (I love nocturnes- but that's a subject for another post!) - but now its headed for the Laguna Art Museum, and that's ok too!