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.