One of the best things that an artist can do to advance their art is to be in the company of other artists. The opportunity to meet other artists, to talk to them, and to watch them work is of the highest benefit to anyone working to improve their art. The Plein Air Convention offers that, and over the past two years, hundreds of artists have taken the opportunity to do just that. This year, in response to numerous requests, the convention is offering specific tracks for watercolor and pastel painters.
I am not an artist, I am an art historian and museum director who specializes in historical Plein air paintings. But I take advantage of any opportunity to learn anything I can about the wonderful craft of Plein air painting. Understanding what an artist does to create a masterwork of landscape adds immensely to my ability to discern a great painting from the past. I value any contact I can have with great artists. I have always believed that landscape painting is the noblest form of pictorial representation, and that Plein air painting is it's truest expression. I will be at the Plein Air Convention, it will be the third year that I attend. I wouldn't think of missing it.
Jean Stern, Executive Director
The Irvine Museum