I attend three plein air competitions a year: this year I got into the Carmel Art Festival in May, and the Frank Bette Art Center's Plein Air Paint Out in August (Alameda California). Alameda is rich with subject matter; with moderate temps and light that sparkles near the SF bay. This scene really hit me; I really liked the shapes and color, and apparently the judge liked it too... Best of Show! What a thrill! On to Capitola in November! Another favorite spot!
A week later I was on the shores of Lake Tahoe giving my first painting workshop to a wonderful group of students, with my friend and mentor, Randall Stauss. For three days we had a great time teaching eager students.
Every year I look for a unique opportunity to learn; this year I flew to Atlanta for a 5-day Plein Air Painters of America masters class. I spent 2-days in a small group with Matt Smith and another 2 days with Jill Carver- two great painters AND wonderful instructors! We also had a day of lectures by all 8 instructors. Great learning!