Plein Air painting – why do it?

Excellent post Frank! I would also add that the benefit of working from life and Plein air is that you develop a calligraphic short hand to your mark making that you would not get if you were only working from photographs. It is this bravura mark that most artists, including myself aim to achieve.

Your work is beautiful and I look forward to your posts. Thank you for posting!

-Suzanne

FRANK EBER: A PAINTER'S BLOG

There has been a strong move back to painting on location in the last couple of years. Many painters do almost nothing else, so 90 percent of their work is done outside. Why would anybody want to subject themselves repeatedly to painting in the heat, cold, wind, surrounded by flies, passers-by with lots of questions and get sun stroke? Why not just take pictures and paint in the comfort of the studio?

The answer is obvious, but also more complex than it seems. Cameras record a place but don’t do it very accurately. Values are usually off but also the subtle color relationships within the subject matter are not captured well. Our senses are just so much more keen than a mechanical or digital ‘thing’.
Unless we do a completely value based painting, it’s important to pick up on all the subtle color nuances that the camera can’t see.It’s up…

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