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How To Tuesday: Plein Air Painting Techniques

Artists Sketching in the White Mountains by Winslow Homer, 1868, oil painting.

Artists Sketching in the White Mountains
by Winslow Homer, 1868, oil painting.

The summer weather keeps us moving out of the studio and looking towards the outdoors for inspiration.  If you have yet to try your hand at painting outside- you are missing out on a lovely experience that will enrich your art practice (and your soul). We have Plein Air Painting on the brain this week and that led us to this how to post.

Artist Daily is a fabulous resource for artists and they put out an article all about Plein Air Painting Techniques.  Check it out to brush up on some very useful tips that come in handy when working in the field.

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 with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel—the precursor to the plein air easels of today—allowed artists the freedom to paint “en plein air,” which is the French expression for “in the open air.”

To read the full article including helpful tips on painting light, water, clouds and more go here 

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