Sunday, July 27, 2008

I'm going to Carmel, California!

Not exactly earth shattering considering that I live in Sacramento, California. I'm visiting my mom who lives in the Carmel/Monterey area. My wife and I can hardly wait!! The weather during our entire three day stay is predicted to be "patchy fog and overcast". Yahoo!!! Do you know what it's like leaving the dry and hot Sacramento Valley and coming into coastal patchy fog and overcast? It's heaven!! I'll be doing a little pen and wash sketching there. I just have a small watercolor sketch pad, a Sharpie pen, and a Tombow pen and Waterbrush for the washes. Now just a few days ago, a fellow Sacramento artist, Terry Miura, whom I greatly admire, was there at a plein air event doing full blown oil painting on the sidewalks of Carmel. Have you any idea how many tourists are on the sidewalks of Carmel? Thousands!! Terri has got balls don'tcha think? The other photo is of me doing a watercolor sketch demo for about ten of my college plein air students. That's about as brave as I get painting in front of people outdoors!

7 comments:

silvina said...

Patchy fog and overcast sounds heavenly to me too! Have a great time.

Melinda said...

Oh, yes, no matter where you are from, Carmel sounds heavenly! I had family in Sacro-tomato(remember that?) for 30 years and understand what you mean. That's why the river, decaying beet plant and West Sacto area bring back memories for me. You capture them quite well. Hope you guys have a great time. If you'd like to throw in your opinion on a portrait submission I'm considering, I've got a direct link. I don't know if you are interested (my timing is late) but I also have a link to the National Portrait Gallery that you and your readers may find interesting:
click here to see the post

Terry said...

As they say, plein air painting is a spectator sport. it won't make it to Beijing but might make it in as an exhibition sport four years from now. have fun in carmel!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I'm from the New England coast and we complain but we don't really know heat like you do. I hope the weather is great for your time there and I look forward to seeing some of your sketches.
I'm still priming myself to tackle a busy street area. I did it last winter in Naples, FL where I jammed myself into a hedge on a street corner and I was sitting. People came by but they didn't talk to me much and when they did it was okay, not pesky. I haven't reached a comfort level yet. But I will.
I really like the painting on your masthead.

David Lobenberg said...

Silvina: My best regards to you, your husband, son and especially my good little buddy, Cosmo. Boy, did we enjoy the patchy fog and overcast!

David Lobenberg said...

Melinda:Yes, I'm a Sacratomatoian and damn proud of it! I'll check out your portrait and thanks for the Nat. Portrait Gallery link!

David Lobenberg said...

Mary: Guess we both have to build up that doing- art- in- public veneer. I'll be posting a few of my sketches soon.