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Drawing & Painting ‘En Plein Air’

The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists.


Outdoor painting allows you to paint the landscape in an immediate way, from direct observation, responding to changes in light, weather, and time of day. Many artists who have taken up Plein Air Painting create stirring landscape paintings, in an alla-prima style (which means producing a painting in one session outdoors). But you can also find it useful to work from a variety of sources for a Plein Air Painting, including initial pencil sketches, photographs, and research.

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