Tuesday, June 24, 2014
"Los Gatos Plein Air 2014" #losgatospleinair #vasonapark #pleinair #laurawambsgans
Last week I was one of 34 painters from all of the U.S. to gather near San Francisco, California, painting in the Los Gatos Plein Air 2014 event. Our mission was to paint the town and surrounding areas starting on Tuesday morning until Friday evening, when we turned in our favorite painting for the VIP Artists Choice Reception and Silent Auction. The event was put on by the tireless volunteers of the Morning Rotary Club and the proceeds will go to support art and science education to the youth of the Santa Clara County.
The painting above was painted in Vasona Park, on the first day. (12" X 16" oil on linen)
I found this view on an on/off ramp to the freeway. Early in the morning the sunlight was drifting over the hillside with such drama I knew I wanted to paint the scene. Of course by the time I finished the painting the light and view were entirely different, with the passing of the sun overhead.
On Saturday morning each artist checked in their paintings and hung their 2 walls with all of their work. I painted 9 pieces during the week and chose to hang the 6 best, in the photo above.
John Guernsey is a one of the terrific artists painting in the event and you can see him here hanging his walls.
We sold many paintings, while folks enjoyed live music, sipping wine all day Saturday. I drove home Sunday tired and happy.