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Plein Air

What is “plein air” painting?

“A painting done outside rather than in a studio. The term comes from the French en plein air, meaning ‘in the open air’. The impressionists were particularly interested in the influence of changing light outdoors on color.”
                                                                                                  – about.com painting

Today’s “Fast and Fresh” event was the culmination of the 1st Annual Plein Air Richmond Juried Event to benefit the Richmond Symphony. Plein air artists from all over the country were here to participate. The Fast and Fresh event saw artists set up over a 3-block area on Monument Avenue, the pride of Richmond, where the homes have fabulous architecture, like this:

And front yard gardens like this:

The premise of Fast and Fresh is the artists had from 9am to noon to complete a piece and it would be available for sale while it was still wet, so to speak.

I spent about an hour walking around and observing them. I didn’t know how crowded it would be (not very) and most people were respectful not to interrupt the artists, although some did talk to them. It was a very nice day today, warm but low humidity. I’m happy for the artists that it wasn’t like the previous 2 or 3 days, hot and humid. Wish I could have stayed for the sale but there was just too much to do today.

Scenes from the event:













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