A recent blog by Carolyn Henderson of Wenaha Gallery was about the plain air work I exhibited at that gallery in December, 2015 Much of the work was done during my residency with the BLM in Escalante, UT. Enjoy the nicely written blog!
Some people spend a chunk of their day outside — mountain climbers, builders, hotel doormen, and definitely not least on the list — plein-air painters.
A central facet of 19th century French impressionism, plein-air painting is so called because it is done outdoors, in the plain, fresh air, and those artists committed to the method rival U.S. Postal carriers in their approach to rain, snow, sleet, wind and the occasional, much appreciated, sunny day.
“There really is nothing like painting outdoors; it makes you a stronger artist, I think,” says Bonnie Griffith, a painter who trilaterally focuses on oil, pastel and encaustic (hot wax) as her mediums of choice.
“You are in natural light and not utilizing the eye of a camera to dictate to you what you see to paint.”
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