Presenting the MBPAPA 2020 Pandemic Plein Air in Place
Online Exhibit For Members Only
"I live in the country and I painted this at my neighbors farm while doing good social distance. I am a retired doctor, and I have been on standby to work at my hospital. These have been unprecedented times, and painting has given me a much needed break from the news, and a great excuses to get outside."
Mary Lou Correia
"Friday's painting early in March. Driving along the Frontage road from Lake Herman to Suisun, I found mounds of mustard blooming among the marshes with shorebirds cruising low patterns in delightful clear Skys."
"Recently I heard a lot of teenaged shouting from my neighbor's three girls, cabin fever I'm sure. So I asked if I could borrow one of them to model for me in the garden. The middle girl sat for me on a beautiful sunny day. I'm not sure how much fun it was for her but it got her out of the house and free of her sisters for a couple of hours!"
"Front Porch Hibiscus Blossom"
"My husband, who is a flower whisperer, planted 150 pots of geraniums and begonias. It's a blessing to see such beauty surrounding us as we are sheltered in place."
"Sunflowers in a Purple Vase"
"Tribute to the Blues"
"My Front Yard"
"Tangerines & Tarnish"
Susanne Cate Lynn
"Pacific Grove Spring"
"These are currently blooming in my garden - they float like butterflies in the wind."
"Last week as the wind calmed and the sun brightened, I took the opportunity to set up my easel in the flower garden outside my studio. The Calla Lilies caught my attention. Despite the struggles I encountered, the whole painting experience was most satisfying."
"Naked Ladies & Fried Eggs"
"Outside My Studio Window"
Rhett Regina Owings
"This is a view of my patio garden from my studio sliding glass door. My roses were blooming like crazy and I figured I had better get cracking on a painting while I can. So I set up my easel just inside my studio door and painted away!"
"Apple Blossoms in Korean Vase"
"With Shelter in Place, I've been unpacking items that have been in storage since I moved to Monterey in 2011 and am re-discovering the pieces I love and have emotional attachments to that especially warm my heart at this time. I had planned on painting Calla Lillies in a Lenox vase, but when I left the went out, enjoying the hope-inspiring sunshine and finally warmer weather, the blooming apple blossoms just sang and called out to me. I knew the perfect vase to paint them in! The composition and color scheme of Korean vase, blossoms, grapes and lacey doiley remind me of my grounding giving peace."
"Gone Fishing - With Orchid"
"A Terracotta Chinese Fisherman, an old seascape oil study and an orchid in bloom. There's always something to paint!"
"This little fountain in my garden is a favorite place for birds to have a drink and a bath, the hummers also enjoy it."
"Isolated View of Garrapata Beach"
Maggie Renner Hellmann
"This is my recent isolation plein air oil painted above Garrapata Beach in March. I picked out a very small pullout and hid behind my car to deter any possible viewers. Luckily, no one came and I got to enjoy this view right down into my bones!"
"Fort Ord Nat Monument"
"I have been exploring the use of spatter with oil paint to reflect the random patterning of wildflowers that grace the California hills in the spring. I am working on a video to demonstrate some of the tools and techniques I used in this painting: "Hillside Wildflowers". Around my Soquel Studio, the forget-me-nots under the oaks and the wild calendula with daffodils interspersed, really inspired this painting."
"I started this 9 x 12 painting en plein air at the 2019 Mendocino Paintout and finished it in the studio last week. It brought back fond memories of a week painting in a beautiful place with great people. Just happened to have a photo of this man and his dog who walked by while I was painting."
"Roses in Green Vase"
"The weather has been so beautiful and our home is surrounded by beautiful roses, in all colors. I thought I'd share a few with you."
"During the shelter-in-place I started painting flowers from the garden. This is our third spring living in this house and this year the iris finally bloomed en masse. I picked this bud and painted it as it just started to unfurl."
"The Bianchi Ranch"
"It was photographed as the poppies were in full bloom."
(left): "This is my first year to live full time in Monterey and the wild calla lillies have intrigued me. A cluster even sprouted in my back yard. As I painted them, I couldn't help but realize that my mind seldom stopped thinking of what is going on in the world, so I moved over to the mirror I have hanging on my fence and included myself a couple of times with mask as part of the scene. The expressive colors I chose, hopefully gives the feeling of an ominous presence that we all globally live under."
"Cypress Grove in Point Lobos"
"I started this painting in November at Point Lobos. I have started to paint larger pieces, so I was unable to finish it, besides it was so cold as the fog came in. Glad I took the time in our quarantine vacation to finish it."
"Good Morning, Lupin"
"A lovely scene on my solo morning walk."
"Purple Bearded Iris"
"I have been spending every day in my studio working on an online tutorial on Portrait painting with Sentient Academy."
"After the Rain"
"Giant Bird of Paradise"
Barbara Gill Salerno
"I met up with 2 friends along a native garden walkway near my home. I wore a mask and set up my easel off the path to avoid the walkers who all waved."
"I have been preoccupied with a new puppy and obsessed with what is going on in the news lately so I haven't really been working in the studio other than fixing some paintings. However I did pull out my pastels a week or so ago and did a couple of studies from dining room window. I haven't worked much with pastels in a long time so it was pretty fun."
"Quarantining with Friends"
"Still dancing in the wind."
"Connecting with friends and family over a cup of coffee is not possible at this time. As I painted this somber scene, I thought of all of the people who have recently shared final words with loved ones. Did they know that would be the last time they would speak? I am fortunate I do not know anyone who has lost their life to this horrific virus. I am hopeful everyone I know stays healthy. I grieve for those others have lost."