Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Mission San Luis Obispo
I totally forgot to post this painting last fall. I took a mini-vacation to San Luis Obispo to 'recharge' and also spend a little time with two of my sons (one a student at Cal Poly and the other in for a visit). During my time away from home I wanted to do some painting. One day I walked from my hotel into town, with my art bag slung over my shoulder, determined to paint something on the spot. But.... I do get a little intimidated... and usually return without having painted. This time I walked into the Mission Plaza and to my amazement (and pure coincidence) I walked right into an art event -- the San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival. Many artists had gathered to do some painting 'on the spot' and they were just finishing their paintings. The plaza was full of people as there were many spectators. While the artists cleaned up their things and headed over for the official judging... I started talking to myself.... "Claire - sit down and paint something .... just do it!!". Finally I got the courage to sit on a small stone fence, get out my supplies, and paint the San Luis Obispo Mission directly in front of me. When I finally got started then I began to relax and enjoy the process. I did it!