July 21, 2012 @ 12:14 PM

So what is plein air?

It is simply painting what you see when outdoors. (click here to go to a Wikipedia explaination)

Mostly artists paint small, quick and painterly pieces when working en plein air. When outdoors the scene can change rapidly due to weather changes, tidal changes for water, people moving and just the general movement of the sun changes the lighting, colors, highlights and shadows of a scene dramatically. 

"Flowers and Flag" Oil 11" x 14" Painted plein air in Naples, FL

Plein air paintings can be studies of a scene to be taken back to the studio and used as a reference for a bigger painting.  More and more though plein air paintings are a style of art on their own. People love the loose ...

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