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Friday, February 17, 2023

10th Annual Plein Air Convention and Expo in Denver

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If you're like me, you've probably had enough of the snow and cold, and your thoughts are turning toward spring—and to the annual Plein Air Convention & Expo.  PACE 23 will be in Denver and runs from May 21-25.  As with last year, I'll be on the faculty, but rather than giving a formal demonstration, I've been invited back as a "field painter."

What's a field painter?  It's a faculty member who participates in all the paint-outs and serves as an on-site teacher.  Believe me, this is not a demotion!  Besides getting to paint at some truly beautiful locations, I'll have the opportunity to meet you—you are going, aren't you?—as I rove from easel to easel, offering help and tips to painters who need it.  This is something I enjoy doing in my own workshops.  So, if you're out painting and a bearded guy eases up to you and starts offering suggestions, don't be annoyed, as it might just be me.

Rumor has it, we'll be painting at places like Estes Park and possibly in Colorado Springs.  Both have great scenery, and I'll be excited to hear where we'll be going once the locations are finalized.

By the way, you'll have other opportunities to meet me.  Judson's Art Outfitters, maker of the famous Guerrilla Painter line of pochade boxes, has invited me to demonstrate at its booth in the vendor area.  I'll be painting with some of the new boxes, and I'll be happy to talk to you.  I've been using these boxes for over 20 years now, and they are a real workhorse, well-crafted and durable.  I'll also be using these on the paint-outs, so you can see them in action there, too.  What's more, I plan to have copies of my new book, Beautiful Landscape Painting Outdoors: Mastering Plein Air, with me to autograph and sell.  

If you haven't signed up for PACE 23 yet, here's a link:  I hope to see you there!