The French expression en plein air means "in the open air" and is most used to describe the act of painting outside in the enviroment. It is by far the most enjoyable painting experience. Most who try it once are hooked.
Part of the appeal for painting "en plein air" is the natural light. While painting from photos gives the artist more unrushed time, photos do not capture all the subtle colors and depth that can be observed in nature.
Usually, plein air paintings are done quickly, within a couple of hours and are painted on smaller panels or canvas, rarely no larger than a 12" x 16". The primary reason for the short time and small painting surface is the ever-changing light. Light and shadows will change dramatically in a 2 hours span of time.
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Below are various plein air locations and setups.
City park during winter, Irving, Texas
Bosque County, Texas
On the Penn Farm in Cedar Hill, Texas
Old barn outside Reagor Springs, Texas
1950 Plymouth in Waxahachie, Texas
Wind was blowing so hard had to tie down easel and umbrella in trees in order to paint.
Painting of the old historic Jail in Waxahachie, Texas
Near Glen Rose, Texas
Quick Draw event in Waxahachie, Texas
House portrait in Waxahachie, Texas
Fall Creek Falls, Tennessee
Part of the climb out of Fall Creek Falls canyon.
Note the steel cable and guy in blue standing
near top. And yes, those are indeed white legs.
Near Granbury, Texas
Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountain National
Park - Tennessee
Cotton country near Waxahachie, Texas
Near Pilot Point, Texas
Smoky Mountain National Park, Cherokee,
Historic Waxahachie, Texas Courthouse
Waxahachie, Texas- house portrait