One of the nice things about making friends with the other artists is that they will be generous with their painting spots. I was told that a group of painters headed out to Garrod's Stables near Saratoga. After checking in, I headed up there to see what was around. I found Thomas Kitts painting a killer piece of a barn with a horse, and chatted with Brenda Boylan about what was around to paint. I trekked over the hill to find the Fremont Older Open Space Preserve with Anton Pavlenko to find some amazing panoramic views (Could even see Oakland in the distance!). I neglected to bring my long horizontal panels to do some panoramic paintings, but instead I found a nice crop that gives a good suggestion of San Jose in the distance. I liked this painting, I thought it was one of my better paintings of the week, and was a good recovery from the wiper I did just before.
"The Trail To Everything" 6x8 in. oil on linen mounted on board. SOLD.
This was a good start to the event, and meeting all of the fellow artists at the reception was a great end to the day.
"Morning In The Garden of Eden" 8x10 in. oil on linen mounted on board.
"Sun Bath" 12x9 in. oil on linen mounted on board. SOLD.
"Azure and Emerald" 8x6 in. oil on linen mounted on board. SOLD.
"Surf's Hideout" 11x14 in. oil on linen mounted on board. SOLD.
I started the day off at Vasona Lark Park. There is plenty of pretty scenery in this popular spot for joggers. It reminds me a bit of Spring Lake here in Santa Rosa. I found a cool little tree with some geese nearby(and more importantly, shade from the sun...). Pro tip: take a cell phone shot of things that tend to change position, ie: geese. Do the drawing from the photo and refer to the scene in front of you from life.
"Well-Fed" 6x8 in. oil on linen mounted on board.
"Up From The Roots" 9x12 in. oil on linen mounted on board.
Once I was done there, I went back out to Wilder Ranch, but further north to 4 Mile Beach. I really liked this part of the park, and so do surfers. This was my personal favorite painting I did this week. I showed a lot of restraint in the color palette to create harmony within the color scheme, and I think I made an interesting design out of the crop. It's a good blend of truth and imagination for a plein air painting, in my opinion. Other people must have agreed, since it was the only painting that sold.
"Golden Paths" 6x8 in. oil on linen mounted on board. SOLD.
Day 4:I knew I was going to have to spend most of the day framing all of these paintings so far, so I didn't venture anywhere far out. I walked around for a while to try and find something interesting to paint downtown that hopefully wasn't painted too often. I found a neat Spanish-style building with interesting lighting on it. I think I captured the light and color of the scene. Unfortunately the design ended up being horrible. Especially with the frame I used, every focal point ended up near the edges of the painting! It may work in a floater, otherwise it didn't make the cut.
"Let's Get Mexican" 6x8 in. oil on linen mounted on board.
Anne Blair Brown:
Day 5:Now that the painting was over, the hard part begins: selling all these bad boys! But first, who is going to take home the awards?
I don't have proper pictures, but Thomas Kitts got an honorable mention award for a sweet painting of some bee boxes. Nancy Macdonald got 3rd place, Wayne Mackenzie got 2nd place. A painter by the name of John Crawford took home the Best of Show award for the painting on the top left in the picture below:
photo courtesy of David Darrow. www.darrowart.com.There were a few other honorable mention awards that I can't remember who got them, not because I didn't like them but just because my memory is failing me right now.
ConclusionSo last year I brought up the notion of the lack of sales in the event. Things really haven't improved in my opinion. Although there were some people who did especially well(Go Anton Pavlenko!), I think sales actually may have dropped from last year, judging by my very unreliable/unscientific research of looking at the bid sheets, even with the weather being more cooperative. All I can say is, get rid of the silent auction. I don't think they are effective ways of selling art. They confuse people, they train people to look for a deal, and the artists end up selling less work. This event is always trying to improve, so I hope they take the advice of many artists in agreement and dump the silent auction format once and for all.
See you in Colorado!
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