Plein air painting is a technique in which artists create their artworks outdoors, in the open air, rather than working in a studio. The term “en plein air” is French for “in the open air,” and it gained popularity in the late 19th century with the rise of the Impressionist movement.
The idea behind plein air painting is to capture the natural light and environment in a more immediate and spontaneous way than would be possible through working from photographs or memory. Artists who practice plein air painting typically set up their easels and materials outside, often in scenic locations like parks, beaches, or mountainsides.
Plein air painting requires a certain level of skill and adaptability, as the conditions outside can be unpredictable, with changing light, weather, and other factors that can affect the artwork. However, the practice is valued for its ability to capture the atmosphere and mood of a location, and many artists enjoy the challenge and sense of connection to nature that it provides.
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