If You Aren't Already Painting Outdoors and When You Travel...

by Sarah Judson November 07, 2008

IT'S TIME TO GET STARTED! Painting outdoors (en plein air) - what could be more rewarding than to keep a journal or add to a scrapbook with your own painted illustrations done on the spot? Or how about hand painted post cards done on your travels to send to your family and friends? Or, if you don't sell them first, your paintings will become treasured family heirlooms to be passed down to future generations. But above all, there isn't anything like seeing the world through the eyes of a plein air painter.
  • Everything you look at becomes more interesting - you'll see so many details you never noticed before.
  • Wildlife often appears where you never expected it
  • Every color is richer and more vivid - you'll discover colors you never imagined.
In the 19th and 20th centuries many people considered painting outdoors from nature one of the essential pursuits of a well rounded person - no wonder, because there is no better way to achieve intimacy with nature and the world around you. Today outdoor (plein air) painting is experiencing a renaissance among people looking for a rewarding and contemplative way to enjoy the outdoors and deepen their appreciation of nature. Men and women alike report painting out in nature to be deeply satisfying. What a wonderful outdoor activity to be enjoyed alone of with like-minded companions, your partner or spouse!

Sarah Judson
Sarah Judson


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