The California Art Club has an annual Gold Medal Exhibition at the Museum of California Art in Pasadena. Today, I was able to go with my fellow artist, Janet Snodgrass. There are too many wonderful paintings to list all here so I will only highlight some of my favorites.
Pictured above is a painting by Phillip Starke. This painting is a tribute to the California Impressionists with its gorgeous colors and rich tones of lavender and green. I'm inspired to try a painting in this tradition.
Early Light by Carol Cooke
This big, little painting was among the miniatures and I fell in love with it. Though only 8x10 it had a great presence with depth and detail of a much larger painting. All that and it still retained a fresh, easy hand.
Malibu Canyon by Charles Muench
Another miniature with depth and colors that jumped over the limits of its size. I have been painting plein air on smaller canvases and was inspired by these two little gems. They both exhibit an ease with detail that is my next task to incorporate into my smaller pieces without overworking them.
Roman Temple Ruins by Joseph Paquet
The composition of this painting is remarkable. I never would have thought to paint this scene. The shadows of the trees falling across the strong lines of the wall and steps form so many interesting shapes. That sliver of sky at the top behind the rolling hills is just enough to ground the scene. The judges agreed with me and awarded this best landscape.
These are only a few of many more amazing paintings. Don't wait to see this event. It is only on for a few more days.
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- California Art Club Exhibition, Concertos in Color and SGFAA Plein Air Exhibit
- Painting at the Beach with the California Art Club
- California Art Club Exhibition
- T'was Opening Night
- California Art Club Critique Session: The Making of Great Art
- Rialto Visions: California Art Club Event
1 Response to California Art Club Gold Metal Exhibition
They are all gorgeous. With your agility with seeing and painting details, I'm sure you'll transition into that type of work before too long. You already have developed the skills you have described in these paintings... Now just keep practicing.
The show IS wonderful and so many of the paintings were ones we can all aspire to emulate! See you soon.
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