Ran down to festival to see the work of the artists. All very impressive. Met a couple of the artists, one I had recognized from publications years’ past, Brian Blood. He was very kind to recommend some locations to paint, but was insistent to get to Point Lobos. “You will see there scenes you will see no where else in the world; every little crevice, each turn you make, go further and you will find a gem.”
Get to the Carmel Coffee Company for a cup of joe and a muffin and a moment to soak in some of the local color. I think it might be a day for processing as I am in no hurry to paint today. Wanted to get back to Earthbound Farm so as to finish the 20 x 16” but it may have to wait. I swing by the Mission again to explore angles from up top in the parking lot; want to do another small painting here.
The day is almost gone, and I opt for a leisurely dinner - I make a simple pasta Fettuccini Alfredo, with ample left-overs - and more meditation on process. Watch a little of the Scott Christensen dvd on plein air painting; he’s my go-to-guy for taking much of the mystery out of the equation when it comes to being overwhelmed in terms of editing a scene in front of you, out-of-doors. But tomorrow will be Point Lobos and, hopefully, a long and fruitful day of painting. No agenda, no expectations, just happy to be here for the party :)