My two months in the desert are almost over, and I feel that this time in Tucson has been a very successful initial run of the 2013 Plein Air Odyssey. I have been warmly received by members of the Tucson Plein Air Painters Society, who introduced me to many excellent painting sites around town. We’ve shared numerous plein air stories, and I’m pleased to count a number of these wonderful people as new friends. Our few weeks have passed incredibly quickly, exceeding my expectations in every way.
Now I look forward with enthusiastic anticipation, eager to make friends with many more artists as my journey turns west and north.
In early March, Dave & I will leave our RV here in Tucson and fly home for a month, where we’ll visit family & friends, complete some studio work (me) and do the taxes (Dave). We begin the next leg of our journey in early April when we fly back to restock and drive to Monterey California for the 2nd Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo.
I can’t think of a better way to continue this odyssey than spending time with over 500 artists passionate about working outdoors! Although painting is generally a solitary endeavor, when we join with others to share knowledge, feedback, techniques and motivation, we not only enhance our painting experience, but the very art itself. I recall with glee the inspiring sight of many artists battling torrential rain at last year’s 1st Plein Air Convention in – of all places – Las Vegas!
Our itinerary for the next 6 months is set, and I need your help to connect with artists along the way. Are you located someplace along our path? Do you know any other artists who live in the vicinity of one of my stops? Please use my Contact form to send a quick note. I hope that I can meet or even paint with you as I’m passing through your area!