Fighting the Computer and other news

Wherever you are, I’m here fighting with a computer that doesn’t like me and two email systems that won’t co-ordinate!

It seems Gmail and Yahoo won’t share, so some emails come through and/or get sent out, and some don’t.  You’re getting this because Dale’s sending it, not me

There is, however, news.  Some of you said you would like to come to the National Plein Air Convention and Expo if I am in it.  Well, so be it!  I was invited a tad late, so I’m on the roster online, not in the printed brochure, and I will be teaching on the first day, April 23.  That is an introduction day for plein air painters new to the venue. This year it is being held in San Diego and the dates are April 23 through 28.  It is a HUGE !!!! plein air event with 80 instructors on four stages and plenty of time to mix, mingle and paint outdoors (which is what plein air is all about).  Eric Rhoads, the owner of Plein Air Magazine, puts this event on and it’s actually well done.  The Expo part is art supplies at good prices.  (You do have to haul them home, but some are new to the market and worth the bother.)  ((Did you catch that crazy change in the font????  Can’t do a thing about it.))

You know about ‘the book’.  Well, now there are three of them.  I’ve been getting quotes on publishing and it’s down to three places.  The first book to come out will be a ‘workbook’ with exercises, due out in April.  The second is the syllabus for teaching other people to teach Pocket Sketching, due out in May.  ((Did I mention the first class for teachers to learn and be licensed to teach Pocket Sketching will be May 19 through 23 here in Tucson?  The next one will be in early 2018.  If you’re interested, let me know.))  The third one will be a ‘pretty book’ and will have more color sheets, some with your art.  As soon as I can figure out the price for publishing the books, we’ll officially start the Kickstarter campaign.  That’s the last step to cross.

I’m no book writer!!!  You have asked for a book and to teach my technique.  I’m a good painter, a great teacher, gardener, cook.  Do any of these talents sound like “writer”?  Didn’t think so.

Power of the Desert

This painting is Power of the Desert.  It’s watercolor and India ink and is exhibited at the Overlook Community Center in Oro Valley.  At the same location I have a one man show of oils, watercolors and pocket sketches, both up until late May.  New skill:  I can take something from the old computer, put it on a ‘stick’ and transfer it to the new computer.  YUK!!!!  No time to paint

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