Today I got all my gear ready for the Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2011 Competition and Exhibition. This is the 7th annual event and I've been so lucky to participate in all of them! When I gathered up my equipment this afternoon I thought back to the first year and remembered how I took way too much stuff. I've got it pared down considerably and I'm experienced enough now that I am confident I do have everything I need. It's fun to get ready now, instead of nerve racking like it was the first year.
I had lunch today with an art friend, Jim King! In my "former life", I and all my art director/graphic artist pals had a hero worship thing for anyone who graduated from the Art Center College. Well, guess what...that is where Jim was educated. No wonder all Jim's paintings have such beautiful composition and strong design. Jim and I talked over lunch about the importance of drawing. It doesn't matter that Jim draws absolutely expertly...he still "practices" every week. I vow to adopt a similar attitude.
Hope your Wednesday was a good one. Mine was great!
Painting: Celeste Bergin, In the Field, oil on 10x8 canvas panel
Jim King in his Studio