It’s Almost PACE Time!

Posted on April 19, 2017 | No Comments

There’s a pile of art supplies and clothing ready to be stuffed into my suitcase. The big question is, “Can I fit it all in?” Maybe, if I only take one outfit!

I’m off to San Diego on Sunday night for the Plein Air Convention and Expo 1017. This will be my second PACE event. Last year it was in Tucson, Arizona. A faculty of over 80 artists, and 900 attendees, makes this the largest plein air event in the world. It was quite a sight last year, to look around the main conference room and see 900 painters all in one place! Talk about energizing and inspiring…

With kick-off events on Monday afternoon and evening, the convention goes from 6:30am to 9:30 pm, non-stop, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with an all-day paint out on Friday. The only time for meals is on the run. Internationally known artists demonstrate their plein air techniques for the first half of the day, then join the artist attendees at locations around San Diego for “paint outs.” Faculty artists generously share their expertise with the attendees offering pointers and feedback, or demonstrating on site for artists to observe.

Last year, I found myself on such brain overload that I needed to take a break. I wondered through a desert botanical garden and had a leisurely lunch– then went back and to absorb as much as I could. I’m really looking forward to it this year. I feel ready to soak up more and push my painting up a notch.

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