Mmm. Never thought about it. For me Plein Air is ALL done outside, whatever the weather. Many are unfinished symphonies that I never completed...yet. Must pull some out & see what I can retrieve...or treat as undercoat!! I see nothing wrong with finishing work off at home or in studio, particularly if the location used is somewhere you dont frequent. It may be inpractical to return to the location to finish it...for example another country, while on holiday. In this case taking photos on the day may be useful. I dont have any rules about precentages of time spent outdoors or indoors on a piece, but personally get satisfaction from the total outdoor experience. I have to admit to being a fair-weather painter generally. Snow, ice & cold is actually quite bearable & invigorating. Light rain is fine, but stormy wet weather I havent braved yet.
Hi there, . after joining Plein Eire a couple of years ago I didn't go any further being 'typically' deeply suspicious
of anything involving any other people ! However, Facebook has slowly but surely weened me onto social networking. . and now , I'm back, cos I'm extremely interested in these definitions of 'plein air'. Constantly
I'm explaining to visitors at my studio/gallery at An Clachan Craft Centre , An Chúirt Hotel, Gweedore, Co.Donegal, that this painting is 90% painted outside; this one here is 50/50, this one is 100%, and this other
one is only about a fifth painted outside, but yes, at 1.40 by 1.60 metres it's certainly quite big and I reached
a point where I had to get it inside fast ! And you know what, . after I go through the predictable feeling
of guilt when I confess that a picture isn't 100 % painted outside, I usually get the feeling that the viewer
really, actually mostly doesn't really care how the thing was painted. But maybe that's just me ?
For me , the 100 % painted outside picture is the holy grail . . so I doggedly pursue the dream. But, I give myself a break and do a wee tweak once the picture is indoors if it's crying out for something that doesn't
interfere with the integrity. Often just picking off the twigs and grass etc.
Mmmm, . forgotten what else I was going to say.
Anyway, - Big Thanks Tony, for putting together and maintaining such a brilliant website.
What is true plein air painting?
I don't have the answer and my knowledge of english language is very limited to profoundly argue the substance of the theme, but I have some questions that I would like to leave here.
Lets imagine two situations, situation 1 and situation 2.
You are in the midle of a field, in a valley, mountains around you, and you are painting the trees and this little creek.
Is this still plein air painting?
The sun is very hot, so you put a hat on your head and you continue to paint. Is this still plein air painting?
Instead of a hat, you open an umbrella and continue to paint under the umbrella. Is this still plein air painting?
Instead of an umbrella you enter your car and from there you continue to paint the very same landscape in front of you. Is this still plein air painting?
Instead of the car, you enter in this little house, that happend to be there, and from the window you continue to paint the very same landscape. Is this still plein air painting?
You are in your studio painting a still life set on a table.
Is this still plein air painting?
But the light on your canvas was not good enough, so you set up your easel outside the studio and continue to paint the very same still life, through the window. Is this still plein air painting?
Then you thought of bringing everything out of the studio to your backyard, set up and paint. Is this still plein air painting?
Finally, you put everything in your car and off you go to this field in this valley, mountains around, set up the still life and your canvas on the easel and start to paint this very same still life. Is this still plein air painting?