Come see me at the Plein Air Exhibit in Bridgeport this Sunday
I’ll be painting there in the morning and exhibiting in the afternoon with the other artists. Come out between 1pm and 6pm to view our plein air art works and meet local artists.
I will have at least 2 pieces in the exhibit available for sale Sunday. One of the pieces will be the one I paint that day.
Plein Air Exhibit Event Details
Sunday, August 12th 2018
1pm – 6pm
(Exhibit, Reception and Sale)
A little about plein air painting
“En Plein air” means outdoors in French, is the act of painting outdoors. Equipment, techniques, and challenges will be different than studio painting but will be more composed and completed then an urban sketch.
When his brother Theo gave him enough money to by a Plein Air set, Vincent Van Gogh said he could “go on painting with new vigour“.
French impressionist painters such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir advocated plein air painting, and much of their work was done outdoors in the diffuse light of a large white umbrella. Claude Monet was an avid en plein air artist who deduced that to seize the closeness and likeness of an outside setting at a specific moment one had to be outside to do so rather than just paint an outside setting in their studio. In the second half of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century in Russia, painters such as Vasily Polenov, Isaac Levitan, Valentin Serov, Konstantin Korovin and I. E. Grabar were known for painting en plein air.
But enthusiasts of plein air painting were not limited to the Old World. American impressionists too, such as those of the Old Lyme school, were avid painters en plein air. American impressionist painters noted for this style during this era included Guy Rose, Robert William Wood, Mary DeNeale Morgan, John Gamble, and Arthur Hill Gilbert. In Canada, the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson are examples of en plein air advocates.