Recently we drove up to Laguna Beach for a little art-beach-food-conviviality. There’s hardly a better place for that combination! We took in the William Wendt show at the Laguna Art Museum, which was an real inspiration. Wendt, one of the early California Impressionists, was a master of capturing the light and sense of place of California at the turn of the 20th century. I spent a good hour and a half just soaking up Wendt’s use of color, value and composition to describe the atmospheric way a scene would recede into the distance. One of my favorites:
It was great to sit for a spell in front of this large (50″x60″) painting and just enjoy the view! The show only runs until February 8, but I highly recommend getting over to the museum to see it before it closes.
One of our other stops was the new Kroll-Roberts Gallery, which is just a few steps away from the Museum. Owned by Peggy Kroll and Ray Roberts, it’s a great display space which beautifully showcases both Peggy and Ray’s masterful paintings.
It was a heady day, seeing so much good art in such a small geographic area! I’ve taken a number of landscape painting workshops with Ray, and both he and Peggy are wonderful teachers. They both have several workshops scheduled this year, some in Laguna and others throughout California. Check their website for details on both their workshops and their amazing art!