Friday, October 1, 2010

San Luis Obispo Plein Air - The Work

I’ve just gotten back from dropping my paintings at the museum for the San Luis Obispo Plein Air.  I’ve had a blast all week painting dawn to dusk through a crazy heat wave.  To survive the heat I painted out by the coast the entire week where it was a cool 85 vs. the 105 degrees in town.

I’ve been painting like a madman doing 15 paintings Sunday through Thursday.   Back when I started plein air painting I was having back problems and I couldn’t envision standing for a whole painting.  I swear painting plein air has helped my health.  Testament to this greater stamina is that I did 5 complete paintings on Tuesday. It also helps that I’m getting better at pacing myself.  Even when doing 5 paintings in a day I took time to take a nap midday when the light was flat.

Now I need to take a long hot shower, get my act together and head back over to the museum for the first of the weekend's events.  The ticketed opening starts at 4pm tonight, and the show then opens to the general public at 6pm.

Here are a few of the paintings I framed and delivered ...
 "Le Cove", 8x10, Pastel (sold)

"Morning's Mystery", 12x16, Pastel

 "Three Groves", 9x12, Pastel (sold)

 "The Tales They Could Tell", 12x16, Pastel

 "Morning Magic", 9x12, Pastel


  1. These are beautiful - you were so productive too! Smart to go to the coast. It sounds like it was pleasant and comfortable. I know what you mean about the back - so I try to avoid standing on cement or asphalt.

  2. Carolyn - Thanks! I think I've also worn out my best outdoor painting shoes and I really should get another pair. This makes a big difference too.