Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Plein Air Convention and Expo: Painting in Pacific Grove

"Point Pinos Lighthouse," (Pacific Grove, CA), oil, 16"h x 12"h, ©Jill Banks 2015
Yesterday afternoon, after a full slate of inspirational talks and demos, a huge group of attendees headed out to a wild, windy, wave-crashing coast in Pacific Grove to at least try to paint. Easels were everywhere, weighted down. Folks were holding onto their hats. Painting in cars or under their hatchbacks.  I headed to a much calmer site across the street and a little ways North of Asilomar State Beach Park with the waves crashing behind my back.  It was COLD. As advised, I dressed in layers. Four of them. And kept on painting and painting a lighthouse that I couldn't previously pull into view.

Anyway ... I'm heading back into the convention and then out to paint.  Talk to you tomorrow!

Out painting yesterday in Pacific Grove, CA
Oh, and Berthed isn't the right word for yesterday's boats. Dry docked.

Sign Up for Classes -- In Virgina
Registration is going on now for Spring classes -- Tuesday nights, 6:30pm to 9:30pm for Evening Paint (starting April 28) and Thursdays, 10am to 2pm for Painting the Plein Air Landscape starting April 23 (Hurry!). Take a look at my Classes page and I hope you'll join us. Spots are still open in both... but only a couple of them.

Call for Artists
Plus, if you enjoy plein air painting, consider registering for Paint Great Falls! (Great Falls VA) to capture the town from May 28 to 30 with a Quick Draw event on May 31, 10am to noon.  Registration is now open at

Thanks for reading!


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See the Events page for more info/updates
April 10 to May 1: Women Painters of the Southeast Juried Exhibition, Blue Ridge, GA
May 2 & 3: A-RTS @ Rockville Town Square, Rockville, MD
May 12-16:  Wayne Plein Air, Wayne and Philadelphia, PA. Juried as one of 30 artists nationwide to paint the area.
May 30-31: Art on the Green and Paint Great Falls, Outdoor Art Show (under a tent) and plein air competition and exhibit, Great Falls, VA
June 5-7: Rittenhouse Square: The Original Art Show, Philadelphia, PA. 
June 18-21: VA Beach Boardwalk Art Show, Virginia Beach, VA. Visit my booth right on the boardwalk.
June 29-July 5: Telluride Plein Air, Telluride, CO.  Juried as one of 32 artists who will spend the week painting this very cool town lined with Victorian houses, bustling street against a gorgeous mountainous backdrop.
July 11-12: Wickford Art Festival, Wickford, RI.
December 3-6: One Of A Kind Show & Sale, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

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