PACE17, San Diego – recap part 1

Sunset by the sea, San Diego
PACE17 Welcome sign
When you see this sign, you know you’re in for a good time!

The 6th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo took place in San Diego April 25-29. It was my third time attending PACE and it was just as exciting, educational and fun as ever! My favorite locations for the event so far have been in California—first in Monterey, and this time in San Diego. There is just nothing like being by the sea.

Wow! What an awesome view from my hotel room balcony!
After checking in I went out to explore the grounds and found a nice spot to set up and paint.
There were a number of these Coral Trees planted on the hotel grounds. I had never seen them before—they do remind me of an undersea coral, with the coral creatures popping their little heads out.
The trees had a twisting shape, reptilian-like texture, and the flowers had such unusual structure and beautiful coral color.
This was the painting I did at this spot, looking west as the sun was going down. I love the California colors and light!

One of the highlights of PACE is the art show, which is open to the public, and features paintings by PACE faculty and attendees. It is always a fabulous show and a great opportunity for collectors (I missed a great opportunity by not reserving an easel in the show before they were all taken—an unfortunate learning experience I will not repeat!).

Here are a few of the paintings that were in the show that first day by some amazing artists that I especially loved:

“Timeless”, by Grace Schlesier
“Plum Blossoms & Hummingbird”, by Lori McNee
“Hydrangeas”, by Stephanie Birdsall
“Confluence and Confusion”, by Lori Putnam
“Magpie in Snow”, by Dena Peterson