Plein Air

The French term plein air means out of doors and refers to the practice of painting entire finished pictures out of doors. It’s most associated with Claude Monet and other artists in the 1870s who became known as the Impressionists.

I started doing work outside during covid and have been organizing an outdoor painting group for the past six months. We meet at various parks and locations in the Atlanta metro area. Most of the work I’ve done has been in watercolor. I recently purchased an easel to use for outdoor work. I entered a plein air competition in October. For this event I worked in both acrylic and watercolor. Working plein air appeals to me because it is the most direct connection with nature and light. There are challenges with weather, insects, hauling equipment and general fatigue after working outside for hours.

Here are a few works done plein air.