Plein Air Painters Hit the Beach & Harbor

After more than three days of being inspired by lectures and demonstrators, artists who attended the Plein Air Convention & Expo had a chance to paint together along the Pacific Ocean and near Fisherman’s Wharf. See who you recognize at their easel.

During the recent Plein Air Convention in Monterey, California, painters set up their easels on over a mile of shoreline at Asilomar State Beach. They also fanned out along the seaside walkways of Asilomar Conference Grounds. It was an amazing sight, and a celebration of the joys of outdoor painting. Artists who traveled from New Zealand, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Colombia, and Canada worked side-by-side along the dramatic California coastline.

Some artists, like Scott Christensen, worked out of the back of their vans while others perched on the walkways leading from the conference center to the Pacific Ocean. An even greater number hiked down to the white sand beaches of Asilomar State Park and painted the crashing waves along the shoreline.

On Sunday morning, artists attending the convention set-up along Fisherman’s Wharf and were serenaded by seals as they painted the boats and harbor buildings. Some joked that the seals were criticizing the paintings with their loud barks, but that was just part of the fun shared by dozens of plein air painters.

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  1. Beautiful artwork! Beautiful cause! Very touching and expressive portraits. I wish James much sucess in his effort to raise funds for the new department.


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