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Artists captures surrounding light and landscape
Landscapes are the most popular artistic subjects. Painters want to capture the scenery bathed in natural light outdoors. They paint en plein air or "in the open air." This French term describes how the Impressionist painters worked. Their love of gardens, parks, and the countryside brought the creation of art from inside their studios to the great outdoors.
Artists today look for interesting scenes to paint while enjoying the pleasure of sitting outside at an easel on a beautiful day. Plein Air competitions recognize this love of nature and have become popular for professional and hobby artists alike. When art lovers attend a show of the finished pictures, it makes for a great art event for all.
A typical Plein Air competition is open to painters who work in several media. Competitive categories for watercolor, acrylic, and oils are the norm. The Plein Air event will define a specific geographic area for the painters, but each painter may choose his subject within that area.
Items to bring along with you:
|Plein Air Painters Checklist|
A competition may find several artists setting up their easels in the same place. Itís fascinating to see different interpretations of the same scene. But artists often look for unique subject matter, and part of the fun of a Plein Air contest is discovering each artistís subject choice and unique vision. Art collectors can talk to the artists at each show. Buying a Plein Air winner is a great way to acquire art!
Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff