Plein air painters are starting their pilgrimage to Monterey, California, for the Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE), which starts on April 13. Jaime Howard and Joanne Middlebrooks are already on their way, having departed from Jacksonville, Florida, on March 29. Check out their vehicle. 

It’s a 14-foot 1964 Zip camper that will serve as both living space and portable studio. “We are traveling and painting in the tradition of the artists who followed the mandate of Thomas Jefferson to Lewis and Clark to ‘serve as the eyes of the nation,’ to document the landscape and the people of the western United States in an era where cameras were scarce,” says Howard. “We hope to paint both the natural landscape, scarcely changed since Lewis and Clark, and the constantly changing urban landscape. Together, these images will convey a look at America as it is today.”

Planned stops include Santa Fe and Lake Tahoe. They will be blogging about their adventures here.



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