Monday, August 13, 2012

En Plein Air... just before we say good-bye to summer.

En plein air is a French expression which means "in the open air", and is used to describe painting outdoors. (also called peinture sur le motif -- "painting on the ground"). In the 1870s, painting outdoors increased with the introduction of paints in tubes, followed by the invention of the portable "box easel". The popularity of painting outside has endured over the years  ~  especially throughout the summery golden vistas of California... my very  favorite landscape.
Along the Almaden Trail by Nina Hyatt
Early Spring by Jeremy Harper

1 comment:

  1. Very pretty landscapes! I like the historical reference as to why more landscape paintings became popular!