Plein Art, history and ice cream

My friend, and co-worker,Klara and I took a mini-tour to see the 21st annual art festival and plain air competition. We had a little booklet that showed where artists would be painting. They all had a given amount of time, and had to be in to the city park in Carmel with their paintings to be judged.

There were several places that we went to, but didn’t find an artist painting, so we continued on and finally saw a man painting near Asilimar Beach in Pacific Grove. We stopped and spoke with him about his painting of the ocean. Turns out he is a cop from Arizona and has only been painting for two years. He showed us his paintings that were in his car. They were beautiful.

From there we went on the the Point Pinos Lighthouse and also saw no artists. But we did take a tour of the light house museum, where three lovely docents gave us some interesting history of the lighthouse.

Then, we had a great lunch in Carmel which is near the Sunset center where we work. And there, in the nearby park, were many artists with their work on display and a few outstanding bronze sculptures, as well.

A good day ended in Salinas at Klara’s home with her husband and twin boys, and some ice cream.

More….from the booklet, What is Plein Air? “Plein Air refers to a style of painting that became popular in the mid-19th century and was advocated by the French impressionists such as Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Plein Air painting is done outdoors in one sitting and the subject is the scene before the artist. The invention of tube paint and the box easel that carries peanuts and brushes and folds to be easily transported, led to the popularity of the art form.”

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