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Painting a Moving Target, by Stefan Baumann

Plein Air painting artist Stefan Baumann By Stefan Baumann, “Tides of Asilomar”

2nd Plein Air Convention & Expo      

Last week I attended the second Plein Air Convention in Monterey, California. I was surprised to meet so many Grand View viewers who were also attending the convention. The four day event was beyond my expectations, and every part including the speakers, the workshop subjects, the demos, and plein air painting eric and baumann the plein air events were fantastically organized and offered new insights for the participants to think about. I have never been with so many extraordinary and well known painters from all over the country. It was exciting to have the opportunity to network and create marketing connections with other artists that are mutually supportive, offering the opportunity to promote and support the professionalism of Plein Air painting together.


Bravo! I will be buying my 2014 tickets early so that I am assured a spot in the convention next year, especially since it is rumored that they may have to limit the attendance next year because of all the artists that want to attend.

Painting a moving target       Plein Air Photo Baumann

Journal, April 11, 2013

The winds at Asilomar on the Monterey Peninsula looked like they where subsiding, allowing me a moment to escape the chaos of travel. I headed off to the beach to capture the late afternoon lighting effects dancing through the fog and clouds on the waves of the incoming tide. High tide waters were advancing on the shore, making my plein air sketch of this location a quick one.

With my paint box in hand, I worked my way down to the beach climbing over rocks to a location that I could see clearly from the dunes above the shore. On my way, I stepped around the edges of clear salt water pools containing starfish and sea urchins that displayed all the colors of my palette. Plein Aire painting Asilomar Baumann National Park Red and orange crabs darted in retreat to the deeper waters in reaction to my boots hitting the rough, craggy rocks that fortified their colorful domain. When I reached the beach, I quickly set up my easel and began to cover my canvas with paint, placing in the rocks, the water, and the values of light and shadows.

Plein Air painting Stefan Baumann Asilomar National Park

Painting a moving target like waves in the ocean isn’t easy but there is a rhythm to nature and also to waves, and this pattern of movement can be captured in a brief time as I have done in this painting.

plein air Asilomar Baumann

Just as I laid in my final brushstrokes to capture the memories of a glorious afternoon on the Pacific coast, the rising tide covered the colorful rocky landscapes that I had been painting, and I knew it was time to pack up and return to civilization.

Plein Air painting Asilomar Baumann

Painting Workshop  in Mt Shasta CA          
A Three-Day Painting Workshop that will inspire the way you paint, forever !
Discover the secrets of painting
Come join Stefan Baumann, the host of the PBS series THE GRAND VIEW, for a weekend of painting in beautiful Mt. Shasta at The Grand View Ranch.  Discover the secrets of painting hidden lakes, vast meadows, grand trees, sunsets, and the famous Mt. Shasta summit herself.  For more information about my workshop, or to register, please go to my website The Grand View or call me any time at 800-511-1337 for more information.
I also teach classes at Central Art Supply in Medford every eweek.

Get my free book 

Announcing: “The Grand View, Observations of Art and Living” eBook has recently been re-edited and is available to download. The revised book is reformatted and has over 40 new paintings and chapters for your enjoyment. You can download this new edition for free…… yes for free! To have your own copy, go to and click on free tips to find the offer for my free eBook.


I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation to Kris Baxter for her dedication and willingness to creatively edit and reformat this new edition of the Grand View eBook as well as gratefully thanking Gita Hazrati, Darla Freeman, and Hannah West for their generous help with formatting and uploading this project so that it is available for everyone to read.

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