What Is Plein Air Painting?

Plein Air refers to the practice of painting outdoors, directly from natural life, in natural light.

The name “Plein Air” is a French term which means “in the open air.”

Plein Air painters are known to capture natural colors, mood, and atmosphere of a scene in real-time. They often work in parks, gardens, streets, or in the countryside. 

Plein Air painting is popular among landscape painters. It is considered to be a uniquely challenging experience, but also rewarding. 

Plein Air artists must work quickly to capture the fleeting light and shadows of a scene and deal with challenging environments in the outdoors, including natural elements, wind, and a variety of unpredictable factors. 

Plein Air painting is a great way to connect with nature and to be inspired by our natural world.