Monday, May 24, 2010
Sonoma Plein Air 2010 – Day 6
Saturday was the show and sale day. I don't have any pics from the day, so I offer this detail shot of my favorite painting from the week.
We all arrived at the town plaza in the morning and hung our paintings on designated panels. There were some really good work there and if I had the money, I'd like to have taken home a dozen or so myself!
The serious collectors who know what they're looking for arrive first to get their picks. It did get very lively and crowded all through the morning, despite the cold wind. We had steady flow of people pretty much all day, thanks not only to this festival's drawing power, but also concurrent events happening in and around town (a jazz festival, Crosby Stills & Nash concert, etc).
I sold some paintings, which was nice. Wish I could have sold more, but when yours is among 400 paintings, there's a lot of competition. And mine are kind of quiet paintings so it takes a certain type of collector to notice and appreciate what I have to offer. Or so goes the consensus among my peers. I'm not disappointed or worried, really, because these paintings will find homes sooner or later.
Some artists did really well, while others didn't do so well. You never know at these kinds of events.
I did end up selling my diner painting. I kind of miss it now, but what could I do? The diner's owner had to have it. Couldn't say no to that, now could I?
I have a few different composition ideas for the same diner motif, so I will be working on those in the next few months. They'll have to be done from photos so they'll likely have a different feel to them. But with any luck, I'll be able to smell the grill if I get the mood just right.
So wraps up another Sonoma Plein Air Festival. I'm happy to say that this was probably my best plein air event ever. Not in terms of sales, but in terms of work and having a good time. I did my best plein air painting ever, and more than that; I think I became a better painter this week. That's pretty huge.
Posted by Terry Miura at 11:01 AM