With summer in full swing, I've been spending as much time as
possible outdoors, going to concerts and plays, walking from place to
place when I do my errands, and just finding every excuse for an
outdoor excursion. Landscape painting is another perk of the season.
There's something invigorating about stepping outside and sharing space
with your subject matter--breathing the same air, seeing the same light,
and having an in-the-moment experience with the landscape.
No matter the venue, the accepted rule of thumb is that a painting
should always be hung just above eye level. As a result, many artists
create paintings with this point of view. Louisiana artist Mitchell Long
seeks to subvert this expectation by manipulating vantage points in his
paintings of landscapes, cityscapes, and interiors. He often makes the
horizon line loom low or stretch high, or manipulates the picture plane
so that viewers feel small—or as though they are floating a few feet
off the ground.
Kevin Macpherson is a renowned artist and instructor with 30 years of plein air painting experience. For newcomers, painting en plein air means literally, painting “in the open air,” and is the genre associated with painting outdoors. In 1996, Macpherson challenged himself to what I’d call a painting marathon or Iron Man or something equally intense.
There is nothing that defines an artist quite like his or her palette.
Some consist of premixed colors and others are developed in the moment,
determined by the needs of each painting. Some artists are meticulously
organized, with paints arranged by color temperature, while other
artists arrange colors based on their dominance in the specific work.
any artist will tell you that there's a certain appeal to working
outdoors that can't be found anywhere else. With spring in full swing,
many of us have left our studios for our porches, backyards, and beyond.
To celebrate the season and all of the landscape art being made, here are 10 ways you can make the most of your next outdoor painting session.
It’s only May, and already I’m fantasizing about summer road trips
and exotic jaunts. But then I remember that almost every time I go on
vacation my glow wears off once the artists show up. Inevitably, I see
a traveler who is painting or sketching, creating significant and
personal mementos while I am left envious and grumpy because all I have
to take home are cheesy postcards and tacky magnets. This can’t go on!