“En Plein Air”

Cherry Sweig
STUDY NATURE, LOVE NATURE,    STAY CLOSE TO NATURE.           IT WILL NEVER FAIL YOU.
- FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT
 
 

'Plein air' is a term derived from the French phrase, “en plein air”, which literally means 'in the open air’...

     Impressionism was an art movement that started in France around 1870 which attempted to capture the fleeting impressions or feeling of a scene, rather than detailed realism.  The Exhibition of the Impressionists, introduced this revolutionary outlook with the  unveiling of Claude Monet's painting entitled,  “Impression: Sunrise”.


  Painting outdoors  captures the true spirit, feeling and mood of a setting.  Some of my best memories of a place are captured in paint and paper... by a vibrant use of color and a dancing brushstroke.


    I paint ‘En Plein Air’  in both watercolors and oils... I enjoy the challenges between the two- and how they compliment each other through the process of painting.


Painting on location captures a genuine memory as you experience it with all of your senses and translate that onto your canvas. 


Watercolors

Oils

Wildflowers


  Click on these images to see my Plein Air portfolios...