PLEIN AIR

“Art is born of an artist’s contact with the world around him, and the best vehicle for that contact is sketching.”

The Artist’s Guide to Sketching, by James Gurney and Thomas Kinkade, Watson-Guptill Publications  

 

     

I regularly take my paints and brushes outdoors in order to find new inspirations and increase my visual vocabulary. The small plein air sketches that I create from these outdoor adventures add life and light to my studio paintings.

Sketching from nature helps keep an artist balanced, growing and from falling into dull mannerisms and formulas. When painting outdoors I attempt to absorb all of the subtleties of color and light that I am observing.  Those subtleties then make their way into my finished studio paintings.

The following is a sampling of various oil sketches that I have painted throughout the years.  Enjoy!