Noted painter Sergio Lopez recently discussed on his blog the plein air events he attended this season, and his optimistic and observant comments are garnering comments online.

“Standing on Glass,” by Sergio Lopez, 2013, oil on linen board, 9 x 12 in.

Lopez talked about the Carmel Art Festival, Los Gatos Plein Air, Telluride Plein Air, Mendocino Open Paint-Out, and Sonoma Plein Air, and the blog post included his musings on plein air competitions in general. “Perhaps those artists who are averse to competition are using art as a bit of an escape from the competition in their daily life,” Lopez writes. “For me this is my life. Competition is a part of life. I try hard to focus on the positives in competition, and let go of the outcome. If you get wrapped up too much in expecting your desired outcome, you will inevitably be disappointed most of the time. Enjoy the good fortune when it happens, but don’t expect it all the time.”

“Surf’s Hideout,” by Sergio Lopez, 2013, oil on linen mounted on board, 11 x 14 in.

Those expecting dirt will be disappointed, but those interested in the measured opinion of a professional will enjoy his writing on the subject.


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