Plein Air Day: Painting Red Amaryllis in Acrylic

I really can't get enough of plein air painting. I use that term loosely to mean on-location, usually outdoors, basically anywhere that's NOT my studio. 😏

I'm loving painting with Golden's Open Acrylics on 4 inch x 4 inch Aquabord panels

(indoor atrium) Peoria, Illinois  

Below my paintings are more explanations and definitions
of what others think "Plein Air" means.

Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities, coupled with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel—the precursor to the plein air easels of today—allowed artists the freedom to paint “en plein air,” which is the French expression for “in the open air.”....

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....

Debate: Must ‘Plein Air’ Be Defined?
There are very few rules in art, which may be what draws a lot of rules-are-meant-to-be-broken types to this field, but artists (like everyone else) want to know that the terms they use are understood in the same way by others. Take, for example, the term painting “plein air,”...

And there are many more opinions!

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Painting Acrylic En Plein Air at the Botanical Garden

Long winters can really leave my creative spirit cold. I thaw it out with trips to my local botanical garden to paint en plein air with acrylic or watercolor. So many gorgeous picture opportunities too. Great to have on hand for future paintings when I can't get there in person.

Hopefully spring is coming soon!

See more of my original plein air and other nature paintings in my shop.

Orchids Painting
I'm really enjoying using my new pochade box I made recently

Plein Air Acrylic Painting  

(indoor atrium)
Peoria, Illinois