Spring= en plein air

Sacramento has proved to have some of the best weather year round, in my opinion. Every spring and fall seems to have months of 70 degree weather. Yes - the summers do get hot, but being an Iowa girl, Sacramento's "hot" is really quite nice. With this nice weather rolling in, my Sac friends and I have started to branch out and explore the community with our paints in hand. Just this last week I took my class to a blossoming cherry orchard. We enjoyed an afternoon with bees humming and the scent of floral perfume in the air. 

Earlier that week we painted along the river at William Pond Park. Getting back into the groove of plein air was a bit challenging, but getting to combine two of my favorite things, nature and painting, was spectacular. 

Stay tuned and check back for more of my outdoor painting adventures. There will be many more in the near future. 

CAC Painting Retreat - Tahoe

California Art Club, Greater Sacramento Sierra Chapter hosted its first annual painting retreat. It was a chance for artists to join together for a weekend in the gorgeous Tahoe outdoors - talk, share inspiration and ideas, and paint. 

Painting by the Truckee River on Sat afternoon 

Painting by the Truckee River on Sat afternoon 

views from Fri evening painting

views from Fri evening painting

Tahoe trees

Tahoe trees

It was an incredible experience to get away and focus on plein air for the weekend. We often painted together and could stop and look at each others work through out the day. We painted mountain vistas, lakes, ponds, gorge, and the Truckee River. The diversity in Tahoe made it an extraordinary  opportunity to paint a variety through out the weekend. 

My quarters for the weekend.

My quarters for the weekend.

Gathering in the lounge at night

Gathering in the lounge at night

Sunday's View - Winding, cold and absolutely gorgeous!

Sunday's View - Winding, cold and absolutely gorgeous!

Its hard to choose what spot was my favorite to paint. I think it may have been on Sunday when we painted the rocky terrain overlooking Lake Donner. The view came at a price as I had to climb a half mile up boulders with my heavy gear to find the perfect spot. It was breathtaking in more ways than one... The view included beautiful solid mountain stones with wind blown trees and receding mountains in the background. The overcast day also added to the fun and challenge, making it my favorite spot from the weekend. 

Getting to my spot on Sunday

Getting to my spot on Sunday

Art Show this weekend

My work will be in the Sierra 2 Art Show this weekend. Proceeds will benefit Sierra 2 art and art education classes. Find out more at http://www.sierra2.org. Below are some of the works in the show. 

plein air Northern Coastal scene

plein air Northern Coastal scene

Curtis Park Tree

Curtis Park Tree

Curtis Park Flowers

Curtis Park Flowers

Gunther's Ice Cream

Gunther's Ice Cream

By Sutter Fort (Sacramento CA)

By Sutter Fort (Sacramento CA)

Great Prices for these plein airs - all framed - purchases help support the arts in the community. Its a Win/ Win for everyone