location Linwood Gardens NY
We had a lovely day at Linwood Gardens east of Rochester NY past farms and rolling meadows. We spent hours in the Arts and Craft Style great room overlooking the most stunning field that reaches out for miles. When you're there, you want to draw, hum, relax, write or paint paintings. It's the perfect place to get together in the name of ART.
We set up our easels and 10 of us engaged in a discussion regarding the differences between En Plein Air painting and painting in the studio. Everyone agreed that Plein Air is not for everyone.
These are some of the comparisons we talked about,
• For inspiration, Plein Air has an immediate connection to being inspired to paint because there's so much nature all around. It's a heightened emotional and sensory experience while painting a painting. "Wow this is inspiring! "
• Everything is right in front of us for Plein Air and sometimes it can be overwhelming.
• In the Studio, inspiration needs to be sought out, for example, researching imagery, using photos or poetry, or glancing at copies of famous paintings. We usually think, What do I paint?
• The light and color in the landscape changes during En Plein Air. In the studio we have more control of the environment .
• Insects, sounds, wind, the sunshine, and all the outside elements are with us during Plein Air work. In the studio, we might have music on while we paint or a fan on to help control the environment's temperature.
• There are distractions in both En Plein Air and Studio work, but usually En Plain Air demands that we stay focused and finish before the sun sets.
In the studio we often drift to other things that need to be done and feel we have plenty of time.
We all agreed that we felt engaged in both painting environments.
We strolled the property at Linwood to find the perfect view, set up our temporary outdoor studio and passed the day with colors and each other. It was perfect!
Many thanks to Linwood Gardens and all the Linwood Painters.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
En plein air (French pronunciation: [ɑ̃ plɛn ɛːʁ], French for outdoors, or plein air painting) is the act of painting outdoors. This method contrasts with studio painting or academic rules that might create a predetermined look.
[pleyn-air; French ple-ner]ExamplesWord Origin
1890–95; < French: literally, full air
[pleyn-air; French ple-neradjective