|The Stockton Waterfront|
Stockton, California is the place you pass by on your way to and from Sacramento or San Francisco. So why was Stockton our destination last week? Why did my loyal chauffeur/financier, Sasha--The Wonder Dog, and I, the Culinary Diva, endure eight hours of pitted, truck congested roadway through the heartland of California just to end up in Stockton?
|There is beauty in delapidated, rusty buildings, especially on waterfronts|
|Character and subject matter is abundant|
About every two years the Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA) gather at the Haggin Museum to showcase their abundant painting skills. PAPA’s membership includes about every noteworthy plein air painter in the United States, so an exhibition and sale by this august group is bound to be special. One of PAPA’s favorite sons is Gil Dellinger, a Stockton resident and a major reason a bi-annual PAPA exhibition and sale is held at the Haggin Museum. According to Gil’s You Tube video, “the air in Stockton, all year long, has pink in the air, and dust and occasionally smoke, so the air takes on a lovely golden color.” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQj1WsLVVRY). I don’t know if Gil’s comments are the result of an artistic “purple haze,” but I do know the sunrises and sunsets are quite special. Combine the ambient light with the Port of Stockton, ships and boats of all sizes, shapes and fitness, old buildings, farmland and vineyards and there is no lack of interesting subject matter.
|Gil Dellinger creating a little atmospheric magic with his pastels, did you notice the purple shirt?|
Events like this are structured for the enjoyment of artist and patron alike. The artists get an opportunity to paint “en plein air” (outside in natural lighting conditions) and spend time with their cohorts exchanging barbs, recollections and ideas while offering paintings for sale to serious collectors. The patrons enjoy interacting with the artists (most of whom attend the event and welcome discussing their paintings with the patrons) and watching the artists create paintings before their very eyes during a morning paint-out and sale, in this case at the Waterfront Warehouse. For some patrons, these paint-outs allow them to indulge their fantasies about how well they can paint (as in, “I can do better than that!”). For others, it provides the necessary spark to return to the canvas or take up painting at the local art club.
|Sasha the Wonder Dog wondering why no one is painting her|
|Susan Hallsten McGarry engaging artist Joan M. LaRue|
|Don Demers paints and entertains his fans at the same time|
I came back from Stockton energized about painting and desperately longing to attend Joe Paquet’s workshop on Catalina Island in January 2012. And I came back knowing that when the PAPA exhibition and sale concludes in January I will be the proud owner of a gorgeous landscape painting by Michael Lynch.
|Michael Lynch - Spectacular how so much is conveyed with so few brushstrokes|
I hope the photos inspire you to find your own “art spirit”!
|Capturing the atmospheric conditions of light and ambiance|
|About an hour later you really see how the painting has taken life|
|The painting makes me wonder about the history of this building|
|Ray Roberts & Model at the beginning of the day|
|The only figurative piece of the day|
|Notice that the position has changed for artist and model from the first photo of the day|
|Model and plein air painting - not your usual scene|
|Ken uses the Soltek Easel - light weight and great for travel|
|Ken has rearranged some of the subject matter - artistic license is the trademark of a great artist|
|How Ken makes such beautiful paintings is often a mystery to those who have seen his palette|
|Voila - rearranged landscape and a beautiful end result|
|Randall working on his composition|
|Early in the morning before the crowds descend upon the artists|
|Don't know about you, but I wouldn't view this and immediately think Stockton - Randall has captured the essence of a larger cosmopolitan city that still has charm - Artists frequently capture inspired moments|
|Gil at work, he is masterful with pastels|
|Gil's Groupies (notice the common theme of pink, purple and yellow - definitely an atmosphere!)|
|No matter the subject matter, Gil creates a romantic ambiance in his paintings|
|Gay Faulkenberry painting before a bicycle ran into her|
|Brian Stewart creates a sweet scene reminiscent of the South|
|John Cosby hard at work|
|A not-so-simple brushstroke makes all the different|
|Masterful watercolor by a P-A-P-A guest artist Gerald Fritzler|
|Kathleen Dunphy makes a little magic|
|Jean Shuss diligently working away|