Carmel – Wednesday – May 14, 2014

A heat wave in Carmel keeps us from traveling into the beautiful Carmel Valley of ranches, golf courses and wineries.  Instead, we search for shade under the cypress trees on Scenic Drive overlooking views of the Pacific Ocean.  While positioning ourselves with our palette and brushes, we need only to adjust ourselves slightly for a new view to take in and lay on the page.

We have visitors too, as surfers with boards underarm pass and other beach seekers walk by and offer comments on our work.  

Last evening we had dinner at the “Flying Fish”, and Kay tastebuds led her to try the farm raised abalone which is harvested just on the other side of Highway 1 on the Wharf in Monterey.  

We are setting our schedule for Thursday, when the Carmel Art Festival begins.  This is the 21st annual Plein Air Competition.  We recognize longtime artist and friend of Old Town Jim Wisnowski as a participant.  

And we are off, no time.  We will tell you more as the day grows with visits to Lover’s Point and Asilomar Beach in Pacific Grove.  We have a full day of painting planned, but also eager to nudge up to the festival participants who stage their easels along the village walks, parks and coast line.  

About Illinois Artist Laureate Kay Smith

After completing my studies at the School of the Art Institute, I worked as an illustrator. As the 1976 Bicentennial approached there was a fever of interest in American history. In 1971, I was asked to illustrate a book on the American Revolutionary War period which required me to travel to historic locations to paint the actual scenes. As my travels crossed and crisscrossed the paths of the patriots, I entered their lives and was forever caught in the inescapable skeins of history and was thrust into the role of historical painter. What began as a single assignment has grown over the past 40-plus years into the largest collection of American historical-site paintings ever created by a single artist. To see these historical works and to learn more about The American Legacy Collection, please visit my website at: The American Legacy Collection is a dramatic panorama of this country's historical places and its defining moments. My original watercolors chronicle 500 years of the American experience and preserve with an artist's palette our American heritage.

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