Sunday, October 4, 2009

Plein Air Painters of America

The Plein-Air Painters of America came to our town yesterday in conjunction with an exhibition at the Haggin Museum. Several artists set up about 9am and proceeded to create a painting in just 3 hours. Teen2 and I went and we thoroughly enjoyed watching the artists.

Above you see Joe Paquet's almost finished painting and below you see his view.

Above another painting and below the artist's view.

Above a shady park scene by Gay Faulkenberry.

A view across the park to one of the surrounding homes by John Budicin.

I liked this man's work because it was different. Not exactly a landscape, but still painted plein-air and wonderful in its fresh lighting and soft colors.
And here is his palette. How do artists make their magic from a mess like this?

I'm sorry I didn't get all the artist's names for you, but I was just so enthralled by it all. I highly recommend the exhibition at the museum where you can see these artists' work plus several others, and also the fabulous landscape paintings of Albert Bierstadt that are in the museum's permanent collection.


Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Absolutely fascinating! I have no talent in this direction whatsoever, but my mother-in-law loves to paint and does it so well. I am going to share this post with her. C

Mary said...

I have problems with stick figures, so you can guess how much I admire those who have skills with a brush or chalk. This sounds like an incredible event. The work is lovely, especially the last - it started my morning with a great big smile. Have a great day.

JC said...

That would have been a very interesting afternoon. Did you buy anything ?

Dawn said...

I just love that style. I would love to see them at work.

Amongst The Oaks said...

I think the starting bids were around $1000, so, erm no, I didn't buy anything.