Ventura Plein Air Invitational

{recent plein air work at Crystal Cove State Beach}

I’m incredibly honored to have been invited to participate in the Venture Plein Air Invitational this month, September 25th through October 2nd. As I get prepared I’m starting to feel excited (and a little nervous too!).

One of the energizing things about painting outside is the intensity of focus and efficiency needed to capture one’s subject in a short amount of time (two to three hours, usually) and in ever-changing conditions (shifting light, wind and weather, passers-by).

A plein air painting invitational takes all these things and amplifies them. It’s partly an extended, sprawling paint-out where fellow painters encourage and sharpen one’s work. It’s partly a sporting event where everyone is “on,” working to produce the best body of work we can in the space of a few days.

I’m prepping my canvasses and packing my bags for an adventure exploring Ventura and pushing myself to produce the best work I can during the week. If you’re in the area come check it out! There will a number of events open to the public including the final show during ArtWalk on October 1st and 2nd. See the website for more details:

Ventura Plein Air Invitational


Hope to see you there!