en plein air

Painting 'en plein air' is a French expression which simply means painting in the open air.

 

During the mid-19th century the portable "Box easel" with telescopic legs and built in paint box was invented. Many of the famous Impressionists such as Monet, Pissarro and Renoir used this style of paint box easel for many of their onsite oil sketches.

 

I started painting en plein air in early 2000 painting either first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon. This was the best time of the day as the shadows were long creating plenty of contrast between light and shade.

 

Being out in the bush was a haven for a couple of hours capturing the effects of the light on the landscape...what more could I have wished for.