What is 'en plein aire' ? En plein aire is a French term, meaning in the open air. Often used to describe the act of painting outdoors (in the open air).
Loving nature and the animals and wildlife around us. Making a special effort to paint in locations away from populated areas, where enjoyment can be had, undisturbed, with the sound of waves and nature. What else could one ask for to be at peace with nature?
To watch the tides roll in and out may seem mundane to others, but for myself, this has a healing power as it is part of becoming one with the world around us and the miraculous planet we have been given the privilege both to enjoy and look after.
Below are a few of the paintings undertaken out on location. Please search on the web for the locations and enjoy places which I visit.
Getting away from the stress of everyday life, enjoying the wonderful world we live in, and at the same time doing what one enjoys - painting - who could ask for more? Visiting new places, travelling overseas, painting and making new lifelong friends - what life could be better than that? This is the joy of painting 'en plein aire'.
Where has time gone? Having advanced in my plein air art, my style has changed and the majority of the time painting smaller - however, still loving those long narrow artworks. Commissions are accepted.
Many of the paintings undertaken out on location are long narrow works, up to approximately 18 inches wide. Image displayed - oil on loose canvas at Bottletop Bay, Karaka estuary, Auckland.
Absolutely loving to be out with nature, birds singing with water lapping. A divine lifestyle. Not for everyone, due to weather, bugs, sand, wind, heat, people and the list goes on. As mentioned, not for everyone, however, once tried and persevered, then this way of painting is something which will bring peace to those who do go out and enjoy to paint free in the open air.