Old Town Triangle – Chicago meets in Carmel, CA – May 2014

Thursday, May 15, finds us capturing colors of happiness through the pink carpet of ice plants blooming along the coast of Pacific Grove, California.  We gaze at the beautiful succulents traiing off cliffs that lead to the sea.  We are motivated to set our easels and position ourselves along the paths.  We meet other artists too, who have traveled from their homes to compete in the Carmel Art Festival.  We talk about art and the painting process.  Later, we sit on benches and look out into the water as the sun constantly changes the hue of the water from pthalo blue and ultra marine to the lightness of cerulean.

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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: www.kaysmithartist.com. 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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