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Thursday, May 11, 2023

Plein Air Convention & Expo 2023

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Next week I’ll be driving up to Denver for the annual Plein Air Convention & Expo.  This year marks the event’s tenth anniversary and my third appearance as a member of the faculty.  This time around, I won’t be presenting but instead will serve as a “field painter.” In addition to painting, my job at each paint-out will be to dispense useful tips, offer help as needed and spread good cheer generally.

The convention has become a big affair.  I think this year we are expecting upwards of a thousand participants, each of them eager to learn from over 80 instructors.  I personally am looking forward to reconnecting with old friends and making new ones, to watching some of my favorite painters at work, and to paint in some spectacular locations.  This year, we’ll be painting in Golden’s historic downtown, spectacular Rocky Mountain National Park—I understand it was very difficult to get the permit—and Eldorado Canyon State Park as well as Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.  It looks like we’ll be putting some miles on our vehicles, but I’m sure it’ll be worth it.

I’ll also be demonstrating for Judson’s Art Outfitters (maker of the fabulous Guerrilla Painter pochade boxes) at their booth in the vendor room.  Judson’s has been a longtime supporter of my art and teaching, and I’m delighted that I can help them in return.  I’ll also have copies of my book, Beautiful Landscape Painting Outdoors, for sale.  If you’ve been wanting a signed copy, this is your chance!

If time permits, I’ll blog about the event.  Failing that, I’ll at least post to Instagram and Facebook.  The event runs from Sunday, May 21, through Thursday, May 25.  There are still a few tickets left, which you can get at  Stay tuned!