Workshop Linwood Gardens Pavillion NY

En Plein Air or The Studio Linwood Gardens NY

Aug 12, 2018 : The day was perfect ~ 35 min from Rochester NY

location Linwood Gardens NY


You would have loved being  at Linwood Gardens east of Rochester NY past farms and rolling meadows. You would have  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. 

10 of us  engaged in a discussion regarding the differences between En Plein Air painting and painting  in the studio. Would you have agreed that  Plein Air is not for everyone? We did! 


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.

If you were there you could have strolled the property at Linwood to find the perfect view, set up your temporary outdoor studio  and pass the day  with  colors and the landscape.   It was perfect!  

Many thanks to Linwood Gardens and all the Linwood Painters. Next time maybe you would like to join us. 

~ Angela


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En plein air

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.

Wikipedia : 



[pleyn-air; French ple-ner]ExamplesWord Origin

1890–95; < French: literally, full air

[pleyn-air; French ple-neradjective

  1. pertaining to a manner or style of painting developed chiefly in France in the mid-19th century,characterized by the representation of the luminous effects of natural light and atmosphere as contrasted with the artificial light and absence of the sense of air or atmosphere associated withpaintings produced in the studio.

                                ~ dictionary.com