california poppies

Traveling home after presenting and attending the 3rd Annual Plein Air Convention in Monterey, it’s hard to believe it’s already just a memory! I’m California dreaming of plein air painting…

The event was a fun, energized week of networking with over 700 artists, vendors, art business professionals, and like-minded people from all over the world. On stage and in the field, 70 of today’s finest artists demonstrated and taught their inside secrets in oil, watercolor and pastel.

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plein air painting friends
Artists Christin Coy, Rusty Jones, Lori McNee, Georgia Mansur, Gene Costanza

It was great to spend some time with Plein Air Magazine’s brilliant publisher, Eric Rhoads. We had fun brainstorming and swapping art business ideas.
Lori McNee Eric Rhoads
Lori McNee and Eric Rhoads

Produced and hosted by esteemed Plein Air Magazine, the Convention ran like a well oiled machine. The days were filled with demonstrations and instruction by prominent artists then afterwards, painting in the field along the California coastline. Carmel, Monterey, Point Lobos, China Point and Big Sur were just a few of my painting destinations this week.

California Dreaming of Plein Air Painting

California Dreaming of Plein Air Painting

Traveling and working with my new Strada Easel made plein air painting so effortless. Created by artist Bryan Mark Taylor, Strada Easels are durable, well designed, sturdy and cool – a sell-out at the convention and a favorite with the artists.

California Dreaming of Plein Air Painting

California Dreaming of Plein Air Painting

…I even had a little spare time for some sightseeing with my friends and sponsors from Royal Talens/Cobra Water Mixable Oils, Kyle Richardson and Don Nederland.

Coastal California Redwoods

California Dreaming of Plein Air Painting

I’m already looking forward to next year. Until then, the photos in this post will have to satisfy my California Dreaming!
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