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Painting trips abroad require portable kits

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E. Peter Darvas will take the Tahoe Art League on one of his “painting trips abroad” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Darvas will introduce the group to how he works with a very simplified plein aire painting kit.

“After some thirty years of trips abroad and countless painting sessions on location, my portable paint kit has become very compact and simple,” Darvas said. “Most of the time I use a modified watercolor box with a sponge, pencil, some tape and a blade; all of which fits into my back pocket or a small compartment of a daypack.”

Darvas will demonstrate using acrylics on canvas, which he prefers when he has the space and time on location, at a hotel or aboard a boat, on one of his several sailing or river barge trips in Europe. For him, acrylics on paper or canvas is a fast, versatile and very effective alternative to watercolor. He will bring reference sketches and photos, of a scene from a recent trip to Europe, which he will paint at the meeting.

Most locals know Darvas for his paintings of the Tahoe landmarks and the majestic Sierra. However, the world is literally open to him. He frequently travels and paints in Europe, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and Mexico, where he has a winter home. “The world is my studio, which is why I travel so frequently,” he said.

This fall Darvas will lead a painting trip to Southern France – two weeks on the Canal du Midi, from Oct. 7 through Oct. 21. The trip includes 14 days on a 45-foot Crown Blue Line canal boat, round-trip airfare from SFO, watermedia painting instruction, plein-aire and studio, for $3,000. There may still be availability. Contact him at or (530) 544-5153.

Endre Peter Darvas has been painting most of his life. He had his first one-man show at age 16, and since then has had more than 70 major exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad. He holds a degree in fine art from the University of Texas at Austin, but he credits most of his training to living in Taos, N.M., for 10 years, traveling the Southwest and being a part of its rich artistic ambiance.

Darvas’ work can be seen at Art for the Home Gallery at Ski Run Marina. He also has two public art works in town. He created the 25-foot aluminum sailboat sculpture, First Reach, located on the southeast corner at the “Y”, and he did the mural, of early Tahoe history on the wall of the Historical Society’s Tahoe Museum. or call (775) 588-8899 or (775) 588-3579. TAL will exhibit members’ art at their Art Center Weekend Gallery, 3062 Lake Tahoe Blvd., near the Senior Center.

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