Pleinair painting is the insane idea that an artist can schlepp their paints and easel outdoors with them and paint whatever inspires in a given moment.
The sunlight, the shadow, the breeze and the moisture in the air effect each stroke and choice of color on the canvas. I paint ala prima, meaning I try to finish my canvas in a single sitting though this is often impossible. The light changes quickly and rain can put a real damper on a painting session. Wind and mosquitos can be annoying. But when that magical moment beckons, or when the clouds absorb the hues of the setting sun, or the the ocean fills with a dazzling pattern of reflected light, I am called to paint with urgent anticipation this fleeting beauty of our own planet.
I invite you to witness what I experience as divine presence through the process of painting directly from and in the midst of nature.