California is famous for its plein air painters, but often they are known for depicting scenes in Laguna Beach, Monterey, in the Sierras, or in San Francisco. Those not on the Left Coast may want to take a peek at the winners and work from the Los Angeles Plein Air Festival to round out their knowledge.
The five-day event was open to all painters, but the first 150 to register received a “goodie bag” from the organizer, an art materials store named Raw Materials Art Supplies. The participants worked in downtown Los Angeles October 7-11, painting the urban landscape.

Edward Li won Best Watermedia with this piece.

Mikolaj Wyszynski won Best Mixed Media/Acrylic with this piece.

In the end, Lynne Fearman took the Grand Prize for “Looking Down Broadway.” Best Oil was won by John Kilduff, while Daniel Sauerbrey won Best Pen & Ink. Edward Li turned in the Best Watermedia, and the Mixed Media/Acrylic top prize went to Mikolaj Wyszynski. Matt Jones, Timothy Kitz, Shelly Liu, and Ale Singh won Honorable Mention.

This piece by Daniel Sauerbrey won Best Pen & Ink.

Frank Valdez earned Audience Choice for this painting.

Frank Valdez was the Audience Choice winner, and Miriam Jackson won the Los Angeles Arts Alliance Award.

The Los Angeles Arts Alliance Award went to Miriam Jackson for this painting.

A strong piece by Timothy Kitz got him Honorable Mention.

Don Colley led participants on an urban sketch crawl on the last two days of the event.

Best Oil, by the unforgettable John Kilduff. His YouTube performances have earned him an audience on both coasts.

Alex Schaefer, feeling good about his progress on a plein air piece during the festival

For more information, visit the festival’s webpage.


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