Let's go outside and paint on location with a group of friends! It's called Plein Air and has been the rage for the last 15-20 years! Now you're asking: What is Plein Air? Well, it's a real exciting way to see the world and paint it!
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.”
You will learn a lot more by painting from a real-life scene or setup than a photo reference, as we all know, as the camera does not capture how we see, and makes all the shadows really dark. You will be amazed how many colors you will detect once you are outside and REALLY look!
You don't have to dress up to paint outside like Hawthorne and Sargent or Monet! Just bring your painting supplies, bug spray, sun screen, a lunch, and an open mind!
You have many opportunities to try your hand at plein air painting in our lovely area with our awesome weather! Below I am listing 3 different ways you can experience this "technique" in the next couple of weeks:
1. A short term class
2. Informal group outings
3. Watching professional artists
1. Experience Plein Air / Short Term Class with Cathy Berse
March 21 & 22 (Rain Date will be March 23rd)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm both days
Students will have a good time experiencing this new but very old way of creating art en “Plein Air”. I will do a short demo every day. Students will paint every afternoon. We will have a short critique at the end of each day. The first day we will discover how to choose a scene to paint at a beautiful little park on the river filled with lots of great spots to paint. We will discuss what makes a good painting with the use of color, value and design. The next day we will meet at my home on the ocean to paint. The class will finish up with wine and cheese and a final critique.
2. The East Volusia Plein Air Group
East Coast Plein Air (ECPA)/Artists’ Workshop Plein Air artists paint every Tuesday morning from 9am til noon. Bring a lunch for a nice social hour after painting along with a show-and-tell and critique!
Every artist is invited to join the group, just show up at the location with your paints, supplies, water, lunch and bug spray. Rick emails the location and directions agreed upon about 4-5 days before the paintout. Email him to be added to the list!
Rick Orr (pictured left) can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
They usually have a good size group, from 5 to 15!
3. Wekiva Paintout March 11-18.
Over 30 artists have been invited to paint for one week at the lovely Wekiva River. More than 300 paintings will result from their hard work and be on view and on sale at the Wekiva Island (directions here). AWI members Cathy Berse and I, Ruth Squitieri, will be participating and invite you to make a day of it and stop by to watch all of us paint!
SCHEDULE of the PAINTOUT
Sunday – March 11th
Purchase your Gala tickets, $40/person or $70/couple
Sunday – March 18th Stop by early for the final chance to view and buy work before our artists depart!
Are you still sitting there, painting from a photo? Get out and enjoy our great weather and socialize with other artists!
Happy Painting! Ruth
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