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Above:

Eric Rhoads opening the 2nd Annual Plein Air Convention !!!
Monterey, California
April 10 – 14, 2013

I arrived a couple days early to Monterey. So disappointed that I had to leave the convention early, but had a great time painting here on location just prior to the convention in beautiful weather.

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Above:

Sea Lion Point, at Point Lobos, California Coast
9×12
oil on linen
Painted on Location.
This was my first plein air piece, might be the favorite of the 3 that I painted on location in California. I was more concerned about being faithful to the subject, more so than taking all sorts of liberties. It was such a beautiful site, it didn’t warrant all of my craziness that I usually like to try to get away with !

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Above:

Entrance to China Cove, Point Lobos, California Coast
9×12
oil on linen

This was a breath-taking view in back-light. I had to be a little bit more inventive in the dark shadowed areas because of the large mass, to make it interesting. The drawing and color is pretty faithful to the subject. My  Plein Air Convention buddies include John Burton, Vanessa Rothe, Ray Roberts, Brian Blood, and Jesse Powell.

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Above: Painting in the beautiful fields of Lupine near Salinas, California. With John Burton, Glenn Dean, Jesse Powell.