Tag: En Plein Air

What is Plein Air Painting?

What Is Plein Air Painting? Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities, coupled…

At Rivers Edge: 10 x 14 pastel en Plein Air study

I turned from the river's edge and the light confronted me as it skipped off these bolders.  This is located in SE South Dakota, in the town of Garratson in a park where Jessy James got away from Marshalls on horse back.  He and his horse leaped a span of the river 20(?) feet across. …

Plein Air Painting

En plein air painting is simply creating your painting outdoors. What is plein air painting? En plein air is a French phrase that simply means "in the open air" – and it succinctly sums up the technique. Many artists paint exclusively this way because they produce better lit results than they would in the studio.…