PACE17, San Diego – recap part 2

April 25th was opening day of the 6th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo in San Diego. I went out in the morning with the goal to paint one of those beautiful Coral Trees I had seen the previous day.

Coral tree and Point Loma

More interesting trees on the hotel grounds.
Beautiful Bougainvillea blooming everywhere.
I ran into artist Jove Wang in the hall next to my hotel room as he was heading downstairs to do a demo at the marina. I enjoyed seeing Wang’s phenomenal main stage presentation last year at PACE16 in Tucson. It was an honor to meet him!

As the convention faculty and attendees continued to check in throughout the day, more paintings began to appear in the art show. Here are a few of them that caught my eye:

“Morning in Venice”, by Oksana Johnson.
“Kern River Bluffs”, by Jim Wodark.
“Wildflower Carpet”, also by Jim Wodark.
“Paria Wash”, by Richard Lindenberg.
“Coastal Blues”, by Cindy Baron.

Later in the afternoon, everyone assembled for the opening ceremony. It’s really exciting to see so many artists gathered together and there are always some really special featured guests and presentations.

Eric Rhoads introduces the PACE2017 faculty.
Jean Stern of the Irvine Museum introduces California artist Karl Dempwolf, who was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at PACE17.
Eric Rhoads introduces Kyle Ma, who at age 16 is the youngest PACE faculty member to date.
Artist Dena Peterson shared the fascinating story of her experiences painting for the animated film “Loving Vincent”, created entirely using oil paintings. I can’t wait to see this film!