“Sign of Water” is an 8×10 oil on canvas-board. I painted this piece in Estrella Mountain Park, a natural desert preserve West of Phoenix, off of Interstate 10.
Painting outdoors is known in the painting world as “plein air” painting. This is French, meaning “outdoors”. Claude Monet, a french impressionist painter from the late 1800′s & early 1900′s, painted with the portable wooden easel with fold out legs and pullout drawer to stow paints and brushes. It is known today as a “french easel”. Monet believed that the way the light fell on a subject was the way it should be represented in a painting, and the only way to do this accurately was … “en plein air”!
Plein air is just as popular today. There are organized paint outs all over Arizona, two of the best are the annual paint outs in Sedona and the Grand Canyon.
I love to paint plein air, and I am amazed at all the different terrain we have in Arizona from the Sonoran Desert to the pine-topped San Francisco Peaks!
The next time I go plein air painting, I want to document the adventure for Art Springs (Facebook), so I can share it with you.
I’m thinking it will be up North because the Valley will soon be heating up in the June sun!
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