A bit late posting the day of the plein air show . I don't have many pictures of the event, but it was a great show with many artists, some new and some returning. I wish I went around and took pictures of everyone's booth. I was preoccupied with manning my own, and when I did go around I was more in the moment and didn't think about whipping out my phone to take pics. Wished I did cause some paintings I really liked were sold and went home to their new owners.
I stayed up until 2am framing everything the night before installation. Got there at 9am to install and had to get everything up in time before the juror Tim Horn started making his rounds at 10am. I was indeed in panic, hands shaking, mind racing, "gotta get everything up, tie this here, there, is it high enough? Too low, wait, the first time was better. Aw crap just leave it and worry about it later. What time is it?" I also had 2 cups of coffee. I rarely drink the stuff.
The 5 days of painting and staying up til 2am framing paid off. I walked out selling five works and winning the Artist choice award and Frank Bette award for the painting, Webster & Santa Clara. It was the painting I did for the quick draw. Surprisingly, it was a hit amongst my peers and also for the juror. Looking forward to next years paint out.
Tonight (Friday the 12th) was the plein air opening reception and grand re-opening of the Frank Bette Center. Works that didn't sell at the outdoor event will be shown here until October 1st. The Bette Center is located off Lincoln and Paru in Alameda. There's still one more award to be handed out: People's choice! So come on in and vote for your favorite painting. There's clearly too much to choose. It's a hard one. It was Very nice chatting with everyone and I couldn't do it without the help of our trusted friend, red red 🍷.
and here's Jason being sassy.