Before heading to San Francisco, I had to select the paintings I would take for the Gallery - a place right inside the expo area where attendees could pay for an easel and display a painting for sale. Below are the three paintings that I selected to take. I could only display one at a time, but I decided to take three in case one sold. IF one sold, I would have another one to put on the easel in its place.
What I learned is that the Gallery, for me, is a waste of time and money. I only saw one painting with a sold sign on it. I saw a couple paintings that I would have liked to buy, but I couldn't justify buying any paintings when I spent so much to ship my paintings there. None of mine sold. So the last night we were there, I boxed them back up and shipped them back home. Thus I spent several hundred dollars in shipping there and back and learned that I won't waste money on renting easel space at PACE again. I didn't expect to sell any paintings, though. I AM a beginner - but I'm glad I at least tried and took that chance.
Although we got there on Tuesday afternoon, the conference didn't officially begin until Wednesday afternoon. So we had time to do other things.
As soon as we landed that first afternoon, we explored San Francisco a little bit. We headed to Fisherman's Wharf. I loved that area. Had delicious fish and chips, and then we just walked around the area.
We heard a lot of "barking" and walked over to where there was a floating platform covered with seals. They were huge! A lot of people were on the walkway above the platform looking at them. Look closely at the photo below and you'll see dozens (a hundred, at least) of seals flopped out on the platform. Periodically, they'd all start barking, and that was an impressive sound! It was such fun to watch them swim around and then maneuver their big bodies up and onto the platform.
From Fisherman's Wharf, we could see Alcatraz Island across the water. We had signed up for a tour on Wednesday morning (the next day). So Wednesday we went on the Alcatraz tour, which was fascinating. We got lots of pictures, and we ended up buying several books about the different prisoners and different perspectives of Alcatraz. Here are Ron and me with Alcatraz as the backdrop.
The view from the boat heading back to San Francisco from Alcatraz. Love the streets going uphill!
On the top floor of the hotel (46th floor, I think) was the Cityscape bar - which served drinks and snacks, and it had the following view. We went up there several times during the week. They made a pretty good Cosmo, which I enjoyed several times during the week. We also went out to eat each evening - each time selecting a restaurant that was recommended to us.
A restaurant right across the street from our hotel - the Taylor Street Cafe - had a great breakfast that we tried once - and Ron tried a second time later in the week. I, of course, took the opportunity for Eggs Benedict. I took a photo of this sign that was on the wall, which I thought was cute - and true.
Eric Rhoads - the "founder" of PACE and Plein Air Magazine was everywhere. I attended all three days of his Marketing Boot Camp - which means I was up, dressed, and in the main conference room by 6:30 three of the mornings. Eric was well prepared - had good interaction and engagement with the audience. I took many pages of notes, and I learned so very much! I'm not really much interested in marketing my painting at this point. I'm still a novice artist. However, the information was valuable as I improve my art and work towards someday being able to sell my art.
Second paint-out day (Friday) - Golden Gate Park. I chose one of the garden areas. Again, the painting is unfinished. I will finish it within the next few days. This photo shows the scene I painted.
Our third paint-out day (Saturday) - the Golden Gate Bridge as seen from Land's End. This was the place that as I walked back to the bus after painting for several hours, I thought to myself, "I LOVE this!" It was fun! It was invigorating! I was fascinated walking around and looking at what some of the other artists were painting. Everyone had their own style and way of painting. Truly amazing! I am really pleased with my work on this one. It will be the first one I finish tonight or tomorrow. Painting it en plein air, I found that some of the details looked skewed from the photograph. So I'll work on that, too.
On the final day of the convention (Sunday) - after the expo and gallery and everything else was closed, PACE19 spent the day at the Viansa Vineyard and Winery in Sonoma. Ron spent the day with me, and so I decided not to paint but to sightsee with him. We crossed the Golden Gate Bridge twice, and I enjoyed seeing it from this perspective.
Speaking of Ron - on the days that I was attending demos and riding the bus to paint-outs, he was having a good time on his own. He spent one day learning to fly a float plane at a place a couple hours outside of San Francisco. He spent another couple days at a gun club about an hour outside of San Francisco. He spent time in China Town with friends he made at the gun club. So he was able to do things he really enjoyed doing while I was "art-ing". He's been wanting to learn to fly a float plane for years. I was so happy he finally was able to do that. It was a good mix of each of us spending time doing what we enjoyed during the day - and then being together in the evenings to eat dinner and talk. Good time all around.