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En Plein Air

En plein air is a French term which means "in the open air" and is used to refer to paintings made outdoors. The Impressionists, in the mid-19th century, were en plein air painters and focused on capturing natural light in their works. It's still a popular genre today.

I feel a unique sense of freedom when I paint outdoors, in comparison to studio painting. Sensations arise from being in the elements – the scent of baked grass, the whistle of wind, the scorch of sun – as well as the changing light and weather come to play in the painting process.