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!
Happily Painting outside again
One in the works
Next week, off to Carpinteria, California for some more painting!