Plein Air

Plein Air One

What is Plein Air?

En plein air is a French term meaning “outside” or “in the open air”. Artists use this term to refer to the act of painting outdoors, directly from life. It requires spontaneity as it challenges one to capture the essence of the scene.

Since a lot of my time is spent inside a studio, plein air painting is a way to get out and experience the landscape. When observing my surroundings, I feel the cool breeze and the warmth of the sun, the smell of the air, the taste of the water, and the sounds made by wildlife. I question how I can portray these things. I find it necessary to paint from life since it sharpens my drawing skills and trains my eyes to observe color relationships and the effects of light.

Plein air painting causes my skills to stay fresh and invigorates my soul.

Plein Air Two