I have just returned from the Plein Air Conference and Expo (PACE 16) in Tucson Arizona! And what a wonderful experience it was. I will be creating a few posts on this experience I am sure. There was so much to do and to take in.
I met up with a few friends there Jane Hagen Freeman and Marilyn Wear. Marilyn was a prize winner - was so exciting to be there to see her win! We attended many daily sessions for interest and to help us hone our plein air skills. I also met up with Poppy Balser from Nova Scotia!
It was so hot there that my watercolours kept drying on the palette before I could get the paint to paper. I persevered and managed to complete three sketches. One of the most important lessons was the importance of first completing a value sketch to help plan your work. We herd this a lot and frankly, you cannot hear it enough if you do not do this step.
I dod not keep all my value sketches for some reason as I quite liked them. Below are a few of the ones that made it safely home. The sketch on the bottom was be being distracted in one of the sessions - I love to sketch groups of people.
And we got to visit with some pretty amazing artists