Tag: Plein Air Painting

A Giant in the Field

Mammoth Plein Air Easel Another sunflower season has come and gone and this one was amazing. Our neighbor, Farmer Ted, grows about sixty acres of sunflowers for a birdseed crop every year. The sunflower is the official symbol of the state of Kansas. Western Kansas has enormous fields of them. Around here, though, they are…

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…

Kaaterskill Falls, Catskill Mountains NY

11 x 14 oil on linen done with knife and brush. As Chapter Leader of Plein Air Painters Thousand Islands Region (PAPTIR), I recently joined a painting retreat with some of the Lower Hudson Valley Plein Air Painters (LHVPAP) and some other members of  New York Plein Air Painters (NYPAP). We painted at several of…

Daily sunset painting #12

Plein air painting of Eastern Shore sunset with aircraft contrails over rural Maryland, #12 of a series. See more at rickysears.blogspot.com and follow me at @ricky_sears on Twitter.

First Congregational Church, Riverside, CA

This is a small plein air painting in watercolor, which I did a couple of months ago, of a beautiful church in Riverside, CA. As it happens sometimes, everything that could go wrong, did that morning. My easel did not work, I forgot my little folding chair at home, and was given a plastic sheet…

drawing the hand

Arctic Painting–The Plan

Trek Research is a clip from Cory Trepanier’s Into The Arctic video journal series, where the artist shares about how he used Google Earth as a research tool for deciding where to go paint in the Arctic wilds. Read more about his adventures in the Plein Air Blog. Cory Trepanier is an artist/with a passion…

Painting the Arctic

This is the trailer for artist and filmmaker Cory Trepanier's documentary, Into The Arctic, which catalogs the artist's three-month journey to paint the Canadian Arctic. Cory Trepanier is an artist/filmmaker with a passion for capturing remote wilderness regions on canvas. His current Into The Arctic project has seen him undertake three extensive excursions to the…

Plein air painting of a state historic park, oils 14" x 11"

I did this plein air painting of The Citrus State Park, overlooking a huge number of citrus trees, but I also wanted to capture the snow covered mountain tops and the majestic palms. I did the composition to draw the viewer's eyes through the painting, with verticals and horizontal lines throughout the painting. I omitted…

Plein Air – Japanese Gardens

Had a wonderful opportunity this week to join fellow San Antonio Plein Air watercolors artists in the local area for a Plein Air workshop with Steve Dougherty. It was great fun and a very relaxing 3 days with a fun group of artists. This is my very impressionistic version of the garden. For another of…

Plein Air – Japanese Gardens

Had a wonderful opportunity this week to join fellow San Antonio Plein Air watercolors artists in the local area for a Plein Air workshop with Steve Dougherty. It was great fun and a very relaxing 3 days with a fun group of artists. This is my very impressionistic version of the garden. For another of…

Plein Air Color Strategies with Mitchell Albala

This short video is excerpted from a demonstration I gave at my annual plein air painting workshop in Skagit Valley, Washington. (Gage Academy of Art, July, 2010.) The video talks about painting strategies in general and gives specific examples of the analogous harmony and complementary color methods. When working outdoors (and in the studio) landscape…

Color Mapping with James Gurney

James Gurney gives a great guide to Gamut Mapping.  Gamut Mapping is a way for you to map out what variety of colors you are going to use in approaching your work.  These colors will determine the palette you will be working with, as well as how warm or cool your colors will appear.  Forward…