PACE17 recap – part 3

We got into the meat of PACE17 on Tuesday, April 26 starting at 6:30am with Art Marketing Bootcamp. I have learned so much from these sessions and this year’s bootcamp was just as informative and inspiring.

Artists Michael Godfrey and Jill Carver each gave brilliant presentations, and Jean Stern of the Irvine Museum filled us in on some historical information about San Diego painters.

I also jumped onto the pastel track for Brenda Boylan‘s pastel demo. I haven’t done much pastel painting lately and I was looking for some inspiration to pick up the sticks again. Brenda’s presentation was just the ticket.

Brenda Boylan with her wonderful pastel painting of a scene from Portland Oregon.
I entered my name in a drawing at Brenda’s demo and was delighted to win this beautiful box of pastels from Rembrandt (Thank you!!!) — it must be a sign!

In the afternoon, plein air painters took over the hotel grounds en masse. It was a beautiful day and we had a marvelous marina setting to paint.

Flowers, boats, palm trees, so many choices!

A plethora of painters.

From where I was set up, I could see Quang Ho working on his painting, surrounded by admirers.
Quang Ho at work…
Quang‘s finished painting, of New Hampshire artist Christy Hull Hegarty, and me (at left) painting in San Diego!
Here’s the one I was working on — Marina Happy Hour in Aqua and Rose, 9 x 12″ oil.
My new friend, Canadian artist Pamm Ciupa took this photo of me with my painting of the boats in the marina.

We were then treated to a gorgeous sunset.

I found a new spot to set up and painted a nocturne of the boats and lights in the marina. I used just the ambient light from the hotel to find my way though this painting.

The mysterious “night palette”.

Here’s what the painting looks like in the light — surprise!

Marina Nocturne, San Diego
Marina Nocturne – San Diego, 9 x 12″ oil

I spotted more outstanding paintings on Tuesday at the Faculty/Attendee Art Show:

“Swami’s Gulls”, by Donna Yahr
“Santa Catalina Aspens”, by Jeremy Lipking
“View of Arroyo Hondo”, by Karl Dempwolf.
“Aftermath (Painted 100% En Plein Air)”, by James Gurney
“The Master” (portrait of David Leffel), by Quang Ho.