Most of you know I have enjoyed attending, presenting, and field painting at the First and Second Annual Plein Air Convention & Expos. And I am going back again to do it for the third time this April. Both previous events were satisfying, informative, and presented a chance to meet some of my favorite artists and to network, and the after-hours fraternizing was fun too.
Another benefit to coming the the PleinAir Convention & Expo: If you like to take workshops to improve your outdoor painting skills, or if you intend to start taking them in the immediate future, then PACon can be a convenient way for you to meet and greet a lot of potential instructors in one place and time. In fact, you could conceivably compile a list of your favorites and schedule out the next few years from the ones you will see demo at the convention. In effect, you can discover who can paint, who can talk, and who can paint AND talk AND answer your questions all at once. A nice thing to know before you shell out the workshop fee.
Plus, just hanging out and painting with everyone is cool – whether you are a pro, an enthusiast, or a first-timer – hey, it doesn't matter because at the PACon you are unlikely to meet a plein air jerk. (I'm sorry, how do you pronounce that in French?) There is something about painting outdoors that cultivates humility. Likely because anyone who is crazy enough to set up outside to paint quickly learns no matter how good they might become Mother Nature is right behind them waiting to raise the stakes. This makes for a nice group of artists who share your passion.
See you there!...
Cost is inclusive, from €1640 to € 2400.
(Approximately $2,220 to $3,240 US; airfare not included.)