Carmel Magazine

Spring-Summer 2019

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over the Bay, Carmel Valley for the lupine that blossom at the time of the event and the sand dunes in the Seaside area with beautiful flowers. To me, the details and the brush work of the plein air style are so beautiful. People keep going back to view the paintings up close and wonder, 'How did they do it?'" Turner, who says the event helped put him on the map as a formerly unknown artist, concurs that the variety of stunning settings makes for an especially rich plein air experience. "We have such a unique landscape here in Monterey County," Turner says. "The unparal- leled landscape evokes a feeling an emotion. Early California artists were really good at cap- turing how the landscape made them feel, rather than just a depiction of the scene. I try to do the same, and I think many contemporary artists do as well. Since you have a limited time to paint, artists usually capture what is impor- tant to them about the scene and all the frivo- lous stuff gets thrown out the window. You cap- ture the essence of the location. You don't have time to paint every leaf on a tree. The details you choose to include help put your perspec- tive and thumbprint on the piece. It makes it your own, but at same time captures the spirit of the place." The 26th Annual Carmel Art Festival takes place May 17-19 in Devendorf Park off Ocean Avenue in downtown Carmel. Admission is free. For a com- plete schedule of events or more information, go to 170 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 9 Dolores btwn 5th & 6th (courtyard behind Gallerie Amsterdam) (831) 915‐5052 KATHY SHARPE Studio & Gallery Steven Whyte will create a unique sculpture in the park. Whyte and wife Ellen Wilson help manage the event with organizer Hella Rothwell. Photo: DMT Imaging

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