Plein Air

Plein air is a term that was coined by  the french impressionists to describe the process of developing a landscape from observation in the open air. Although the French impressionists were not the first to study nature, observation being behind any representative art,  they did make the direct approach, with no studio editing, the main feature of their work and the resulting artwork was noted for it’s truthful representation of the colors in nature. There was a life and vibrancy within the brush work which had been lacking in the precise, labored studio work of other genres and their legacy has lived on in the work of many artists today.