Friday, May 13, 2011

North Park Plein Air Competition

The 3rd Annual Plein Air North Park is in the bottle. The competition spanned several weeks, but all paintings were done on location.  It took a lot of looking and thumbnail sketches to become familiar with the urban environment - a new subject matter for me.  The biggest challenge was the additional drawing time required for perspective and details, quite unlike rolling hills with California oak trees.  It left a very narrow window to add paint before the moving sun changed the light into another painting.  

The first painting is a scene of Ray Street, the heart of the art and cultural district of North Park.  There were lots of cars!  It was early afternoon and the light had a warm, yellow-orange glow.

The second painting is of the corner of University Avanue and 3rd Street.  I was attracted by the shadows under the flat roof of the corner building in contrast to the light on the upper story.  I painted early in the day when the temperature and light were both cool, but the streets were rather deserted. 

The Quick Draw will take place between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 15th, and is part of the day long annual North Park Festival of the Arts.  Several blocks in either direction from the corner of 30th and University Avenue will be blocked to traffic for the entire day.  Galleries, artist booths, music, food and dance will be the entertainment.

The reception for the Plein Air North Park exhibit is Saturday, May 21st, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the San Diego Art Department at 3830 Ray Street in North Park.

No comments:

Post a Comment