|William Wendt - The Mantle of Spring - 1917|
The view northbound at Sleepy Hollow Beach
Loving history and art as I do, I can't tell you how great it was to see the artists working away, capturing our landscapes and seascapes in their own unique ways. But as always, there was a hitch. Nearly every day of those two weeks was dreary and drizzly. Well, that's no big surprise for us. With the weather we've had all summer long, and now into the fall, we warm blooded Southern Californians are finally kind of warming up to this weird, unusual gloom. Nowadays, we jokingly say that we're from Laguna Beach, Oregon. Yea, it's been that bad. But I couldn't help but feel sort of bad for these artists who had traveled from all over the country, expecting warm, sunny days, and that wonderful autumn light that Laguna is famous for. Oh well, sorry about that! It did however, make me really curious as to how they would individually paint the fog, clouds and gloom.
So, this past Saturday was the end of the event. All of the artists came together at the Laguna Art Museum, and hung their work for the public to view. And it was really cool to see how so many of the artists painted in muted tones, and how they somehow made the clouds and fog part of their subject. Ok, here it comes, but I forgot my camera! So, unfortunately you won't be able to see what the heck I'm talking about. Darn, I hate when that happens! Well, there's always next year, right? Anyways, here are some of the artists works that I stole off the internet. I think these were all painted in the last 2 weeks, but there were so many more I wish you guys could have seen!
|Jeff Sewell - Gold on the Horizon|
|Debra Groessner - Crystal Cove Memories|
|Gavin Brooks - Laguna Evening Walk|
|Daniel Aldana - Victoria Beach|
|Paul Kratter - South Laguna Light|
And last but not least:
|Ronaldo Macedo _ Laguna Morning Study|
It was really fun meeting a few of the artists, and seeing their distinctly different styles. Oh, and I can't forget to tell you the best thing. They were actually selling their work! In this economy, that's close to a miracle.