In the midst of a snow storm, Edward Willis Redfield would strap a 50â€ť x 56â€ť canvas to a tree, thin his paint with linseed oil to keep it from freezing, and use his gloved hands to paint a scene near his home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He firmly believed that paintings should be completed â€śin one goâ€ť and directly from nature.
Two exhibitions that include plein air paintings explore the ways artists capture the illusive appearance of bodies of water, one currently on view in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the other opening in Stockton, California in October, 2011.
Major museum exhibitions are again bringing attention to the intricate plein air drawings, watercolors, and oils created by William Trost Richards (1833-1905). Because of his early training as a commercial draftsman, his interests in literature, and his pantheistic belief that nature was â€śone of the appointed ways for the saving of men,â€ť he created highly details works of art representing a â€śtruth to nature.â€ť