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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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image DAY 291 ART 101

Painting en Plein Air

IN THE PRESENCE OF NATURE

 

Painting en plein air (French for “in the open air”) refers to the process of painting outdoors or on location. In the mid-19th century, after oil paints became available in metal tubes, artists from the famous Barbizon School in France embraced this style of painting and considered it an important step in working toward a realistic representation of the outdoors. However, when you consider possible setbacks like weather, moving objects, and shifting sunlight, why paint away from the comfort and convenience of a studio?

 

The first answer is technical in nature. If you’re ...

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