for Laguna Seca Raceway Campground to spend the weekend at the Carmel Art Festival. We had so much fun and met so many fantastic artists. I love surrounding myself with art and other artists, people that love art as much as I do. If you ever have been to our home, you would know that I love art. Not only are mine and Michael's paintings hanging all over the place, but various pieces that we've collected here and there. Add a couple more to that collection from this past weekend. Now I have to move pieces around to find a place for the new pieces. Don't worry though, I'll make room.
I only wish we could've brought more pieces home with us. There were quite a few we both had our eyes on. Alas, we cannot have them all. Perhaps I can get Michael to build a couple more walls...
The first day we took a hike to Point Lobos to see if we can grab some photos for future paintings and also hoping to run into some artists out and about. I also couldn't resist the wildflowers and even some weeds.
I have to apologize, some of my photos and videos I did won't load. I wanted to show a video of Cyndra Bradford, doing a demo palette knife painting. Michael surprised me and bought it, thick wet paint and all. It's a gorgeous seascape with huge rocks and water. I'll take a photo of it and post it.
Marti Walker, fantastic pastel artist.
Some wildflowers for you to enjoy...
and a lone ice-plant.
Monika Piper Johnson, a palette knife painter. I fell totally in love with her enthusiasm and her work. She's a beautiful person and I hope we get the chance to meet her again in the future. Hopefully, next time we go to Tahoe.
Robert Sandidge, a fine oil painter out of Diamond Springs, near Placerville.
Monika again. She was creating this gorgeous painting of flowers and the trail.
Wendy Brayton out of Petaluma. Wendy told me she begins all of her paintings on a black canvas. She ends up with some gorgeous colors.
Gretha Lindwood, another pastel artist.
Gretha above and below are her pastels.
Below is just a sampling of the beautiful artwork that was represented in the competition.
On Sunday morning was the two hour Quick Draw. Each of the fifteen ribbon winning artists set out to create a work of art in the two hour time frame. That was especially fun to watch.
Xiao Yu, Lu's wife. (In English: Jennifer)
Our good friend, Lu Yu, with his finished painting for the two hour Quick Draw.
Getting everything displayed. Exciting!
Huihan Liu. Please learn more about him here. We chatted on the bench for a little bit before the Quick Draw came to a close. He's a very special artist with so much talent. I had no idea until I looked him up. An incredible artist.
And the winner of the Quick Draw is...