Road Trip to see Sorolla

One of my favorite painters is Joaquin Sorolla. His work is bold, bright, and full of energy and emotion. A Spanish painter, Sorolla, is most well know for his portrait paintings and landscapes of his country. 

I first stumbled onto his work when I was at the Academy of Art. I was working on a series of children on the beach and a friend showed me his work. I fell in love with the way he painted and frequently examined his work to help direct my own. Especially his series of Valencia Beaches. 

When I heard one of the largest collections of his work was gathered and touring different US cities I was ecstatic to hear one of them was San Diego. It worked out perfectly that I would be taking a workshop in LA and could carpool from there with an art friend. 

Natalie Lundeen and I struck up a friendship during the Michelle Dunaway Workshop. We were also both featured in SouthWest Art 21 Under 31 Article 2012. Be sure to check out her website! 

Natalie Lundeen and I struck up a friendship during the Michelle Dunaway Workshop. We were also both featured in SouthWest Art 21 Under 31 Article 2012. Be sure to check out her website! 

Walking through the museum.

Walking through the museum.

The Sorolla show did not disappoint! It is now my favorite Master Show that I've seen in my lifetime. His bold strokes and bright colors captivated and inspired me. We spent a few hours soaking it in and sketching it. The museum is located in Balboa Park and is like stepping into a painting because of how beautiful it is. Unfortunately I don't have any photos of Sorolla's work to share as all photography was prohibited during the show. You'll just have to google his work for yourself or make a road trip before the show comes down in August. 

I told you Balboa Park is beautiful!! I may have to go back and plein air paint next time! 

I told you Balboa Park is beautiful!! I may have to go back and plein air paint next time!