Sunday, October 9, 2016

Los Angeles Plein Air Festival 2016

This past weekend was the Los Angeles Plein Air Festival  which I heard about from a friend from Meetup. It is a five day festival (Oct.5-9) of outdoor painting and urban sketching, with Los Angeles as its muse.

Here's a definition on Wikipedia on what "Plein Air" means:

En plein air (French pronunciation: [ɑ̃ plɛn ɛːʁ]), or plein air painting, is a phrase borrowed from the French equivalent meaning "open (in full) air". It is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, also called Frenchpeinture sur le motif ("painting of the object(s) or what the eye actually sees"), where a painter reproduces the actual visual conditions seen at the time of the painting. This method contrasts with studio painting or academic rules; those might create a predetermined look. En plein air can also be used to describe other activities where a person partakes in an outdoor environment

In progress..

Piece #1

I was able to attend on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.  Most of the artists gathered around at the Historical Spring Arcade in LA, which has a nice shade and some nifty restaurants. I drank some Novellum Chardonnay from Crepes Sans Frontieres, ate crepe, and sketch-painted.

Ultimately, artists would then submit their drawings for the Thursday Exhibit and Awards Presentation held at Rowan Lofts (157 W. 5th Street) during the Downtown Artwalk.  The art pieces are also sold there.  I submitted three pieces (with various prices, mostly to test how visitors are willing to spend their money on an art piece).

In Progress...

Piece #2

Piece #3 

Just sketching on my journal...

A nice full weekend. It should be fun to walking around in LA on Thursday and look at all the art pieces... I haven't been to an art exhibit that I've participated in in a long time, given that I usually do digital work. This could be fun... might have wine there.

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