|Jim Hour painting at our Acrylic Painting class field trip at Judy's house, 2010|
(Its what?) The term "plein air," pronounced "plenn air,"is french for painting outdoors. "Painting en plein air" means painting in the open air. It's different from painting in the studio. You have the elements to think about (heat, wind, cold, rapidly changing light, inclement weather) and none of the comforts of the studio as you work. But you also have the great outdoors – you are right smack dab in the middle of the scene that's inspiring you.
|Claude Monet painting in his garden, from short film, Impressionists Live, on YouTube|
|Diana, Sharon, and Anitra, painting in last week's Acrylic Painting class field trip|
|Victoria painting in last week's Acrylic Painting class field trip|
So what's a paintout?
A paintout is a competition and show (but for us, it also will be an excuse to get out into the vineyards and do some serious brushwork). You begin on Friday, and get your canvases, panels, or papers stamped on the back (that's to make sure you haven't gotten a head start). Then you have two days to paint, en plein air, and you turn your painting, or paintings, in on the second day. On the third day, everyone comes to the show, and you celebrate. Fun, eh?
|Sharon painting in last weeks Acrylic Painting class field trip|