What is Plein Air Painting

(Jacksonville FL)
An authentic plein air painting is done on location in front of the subject. It is begun on site and substantially completed while experiencing the landscape firsthand. More than one session may be required to complete it, and each of these should also be on location. Some minor adjustments can be done back in the studio, but not so much as to alter the initial work done on site.

Balancing Act

The perception of the landscape subject is dependent on the conditions encountered while on site, like lighting, weather, textures and colors. The artist’s response to these is usually evident in the finished painting. Plein air paintings that follow this standard tend to have a quality that reflects the immediacy of the artist’s interaction with the subject.

Camp: Home in the sticks-n-bricks
Scene: Residential neighborhood

2 Responses to What is Plein Air Painting

  1. Bradford December 29, 2011 at 3:15 am #

    Beautiful! I just checked out many of your paintings and was impressed! Your journey will be so fulfilling when you have time to relax and paint to your heart’s content.

  2. Pleinguy January 4, 2012 at 12:39 am #

    Thanks so much for the compliment Brad. I’m really looking forward to my time on the road.

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