Here's how one plein air artist expresses his opinion....
If you want to skip the fiscal babble and hyperbole, click on the video to 13 minutes in for the interview with artist Gerry Schaeffer.
Ever wondered what it would be like to participate in a competitive US outdoor painting competition?
For Sergio Lopez' inside track on the Carmel Art Festival plein air event....
'No Pasaran' : The art police run Scott Burdick and Susan Lyons out of Barcelona:
I heard of Michael Richardson and Ken Howard both being 'moved along' in the London City of Westminster.
Any more stories of official intolerance to painting outdoors?
I wondered when I was in Valencia recently why there were no artists out painting in such a beautiful place - but then I found both Barcelona and Valencia a very un-friendly place to be !
That's really too bad. Ireland gets the prize for the most friendly place to paint, and be for that matter!
Taken from the excellent newsletter of artist Robert Genn.
I recommend you Google and subscribe. It keeps me going in the dark hours...
July 23, 2013
In 1984, Edward O. Wilson introduced the "Biophilia hypothesis." His idea was that there's an instinctive bond between humans and other living systems--animals, plants, etc. Leaning on the earlier work of Erich Fromm, Wilson defined Biophilia as "the urge to affiliate with other forms of life."
More recently, Bob Stone, a researcher in Birmingham, UK, has done some amazing experiments in hospitals and nursing homes. He puts large flat-screen terminals near patients' beds. The 24-hour imagery on these screens mimics the actual time of day, including sunrise and sunset. The scene might be a fairly static beach or woodland view with the occasional passage of birds or animals. Audio completes the picture.
Guess what? Patients cheer up, become more alert and engaged, have lower blood pressure, and act happier. Believe it or not, this phony environment even works a bit better than pushing people out into familiar gardens in wheelchairs.
In another experiment, this time in the USA, children with ADHD were subjected to actual greenery. Measurable amounts of calm, focus and improved concentration followed after about 20 minutes. They're calling it "Green therapy."
Plein air painters have known about this sort of thing for some time. The "event" of outdoor work somehow soothes the savage breast--after a couple of hours even problematic people can be positively mellow. As an antidote to the sweaty anxiety that many painters have in their studios, green therapy calms and centers quicker and cheaper than a Zen master. Brilliant for the artist's soul; over time it also improves quality.
I know of sunless painters who toil below screaming projectors and dictated deadlines. I've shouted down their stairways to get them out and into the greenery. Funnily, in a world of rugged individualists, it's probably fear that keeps them in their caves. Like the old folks of Birmingham, they get some sustenance from their reference material. Back in the UK, one lady, bedridden and virtually silent for two years, was totally perked up by her seaside-mimicking terminal. "Get my hat," she called out. "I need to take a bus to the sea. Is there a bus?"
PS: "Unlike phobias, which are the aversions and fears people have of things in the natural world, philias (such as Biophilia) are the attractions and positive feelings that people have toward certain habitats, activities, and objects in their natural surroundings." (Edward O. Wilson)
Esoterica: I'm laptopping you from a sport-fishing boat off the west coast of Vancouver Island. Over the inter-boat radio, my buddies are completely concerned with fish. Back at the lodge, dinner-table conversations can be positively fishy. Captains of industry, these guys hardly mention their offices or factories. I'm the only one supplementing fishing with painting. My advice: Take a bus to the sea while you still can. Hey, gotta go, there's a coho on my line.
FYI, last year I took some green therapy in the same spot. If you're interested, you can read about it and see pictures here.
Australian Plein Air Painters taken from Australian TV Channel ABC.
Well worth a look.
Good video! Thanks for sharing, Tony.
John Kelly - Australian artist living in Ireland paints Antarctica.
Here's some advice on painting outdoors from the USA: http://www.calaverasenterprise.com/sierra_lodestar/article_813f8d9a...