Monday, October 19, 2015

Carpinteria Bluffs Plein Air Paintings

I've been on a roll with painting outdoors! Since my previous post sharing my experience at Surfer's Knoll and what I painted there, here is one I did set up with my easel under a nice tree for some good shade in August at Carpinteria Bluffs.

More to come!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Back to Plein Air Painting and Loving it!!

I’ve been a studio painter for many years now, meaning painting indoors.  Now that I have more days to enjoy for the time being, I ventured out with my easel to the great outdoors to do some Plein air painting.  If you don’t know what that means, En plein air (French pronunciation: [ɑ̃ plɛn ɛʁ]) is a French expression which means "in the open air" and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors.

It’s been a few years for me, so I went out with the intent of just having fun and see what came out of it.  No challenging myself  judgement, thinking or fear.  Just total expression and putting down the paint where I see fit.  To my surprise, I am actually pleased at what came out of it!  I restrained myself from perfecting them and overworking the paintings.  My first day, which was yesterday, I painted two and then went back the next day  to almost the same location to create a couple more.

Location was “Surfer’s Knoll” in Ventura, where I love to go on long beach walks too.  This beach is known for it’s gusty winds, so oftentimes I was hanging on to my umbrella!

First Day

Second Day

Happily Painting outside again

Before Me

One in the works

Next week, off to Carpinteria, California for some more painting!