Learning to paint En Plein Air

I tried plein air for the first time in 2020 and definitely fell in love with it. Other things took precedence over getting outside as much as would have liked but I made it a goal to get out a lot more in 2021. Early in the year I got out a lot then our weather turned very rainy, but I will share several of my experiences in the next few posts.

Here is one of my experiences getting outside to paint en plein air (meaning on location or out on location). This is Thunder Mountain which is right outside my front windows. So I did this in the front yard. It was helpful to get some practice close to home as I was leaning. It is very challenging to paint outside. So small steps can make it a lot more manageable.

My Garden En Plein Air

My studio window looks out over our vegetable garden and on this particular, and rare sunny morning, I just had to capture the intense warm light shed upon it. I love the changing light on it whether it is cloudy or sunny, but this was irresistible! It is 6×6 oil on gesso board

Some of my newer minis

This past year was a bit of a surprise to me. As the year started out at the Gallery, I thought I had a good batch of minis (2.5×3.5 inches) and really did not plan to paint any more. As the months rolled on these little things began selling more than I anticipated and so I had to change course and do some more.  I am finding that I rather enjoy painting them too.  It still surprises me that I can learn so much by doing such a small work. But it is quite wonderful! And these beautiful floating frames that my wonderful husband makes for them are the bomb. I really enjoy seeing people’s reactions as they study them. I think some of them would like a magnifying glass to look a little closer…I may just put one there to see what happens.

Mini ornaments

These are a couple of miniatures that I painted for my kids-to be used as Christmas ornaments. The truck was my Dad’s who passed away several years ago. I did that one for my son to remember him by.

The church was just a picture that I loved, and I did that one for my daughter. I don’t think you can see it in this photo, but I used a gold pen to add a few fancy accents in a couple spots when this was dry. It was a great touch. My kids loved them. I really love to be able to make personalized gifts, it’s the best!