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Studio Paintings from Plein Air Sketches

  Studio Paintings from Plein Air Sketches Painting, including landscape painting, has historically been an indoor art, and it wasn’t until the heyday of Impressionism did painting outdoors become the norm. Just recently, painting plein air has become a very popular style of painting that in itself stands alone as a practice. I have been taking students out to paint on location since 1980 before the word Plein Air was used. We called it Painting from Nature or location painting. Prior to the Impressionists, any outdoor painting practice was distinctly subordinate to studio work. Remember, in a time before cameras,…

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The Beauty of Painting on Location

First Mesa Hopi Reservation, Oil by Stefan Baumann

As we pass through our lives at 55 miles per hour, we are sometimes disconnected from the life in the countryside that we visit. The scenery and localities become just a blur. The beauty of painting on location is that we not only see the landscapes but we have opportunities to meet interesting people along the way who have gifts to offer us.

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