No Joke! If you’ve ever wondered how big the plein air movement is getting, just take a look at this quaint southern neighborhood, which gives living and breathing plein air to a whole new level.
It is in the spirit of plein air painting that I formally introduce our readers of Plein Air the neighborhood, located in Taylor, Mississippi. Yes, you read that correctly, there is now a place you can live called Plein Air. Why on earth would someone name their neighborhood after outdoor painting? The answer lies in the larger purpose and philosophy of plein air painting.
According to the neighborhood’s webpage, “[Plein Air] Artists emphasized outdoor painting to capture the beauty and simplicity of nature as it was meant to be seen. The light at different times of day. The shadows in the winter. Simple canvas and easel. Portable. It was with this spirit in mind that we named our neighborhood Plein Air.”
A visit to Plein Air will expose one to a vibrant southern neighborhood with houses close together and front porches that encourage interaction with your neighbors. “The way it used to be before the automobiles came to dominate our lives” they continue. “Sidewalks that make it easy to walk to dinner, the art gallery, a movie, a concert on the square. A place where kids can roam free and you call them home before supper.”
The neighborhood development is just now getting off the ground, with both finished homes and lots for sale. The finished homes emphasize porches, rocking chairs, tall ceilings, and real wood burning fireplaces. Built on solid, traditional, steel-reinforced concrete foundations, the homes also have tin roofs, modern kitchens, and tiled showers.
The neighborhood is already catching the attention of the plein air world. In fact, artist Wyatt Waters—whose gorgeous painting graces the August/September 2017 cover of PleinAir Magazine—is conducting a painting workshop in the neighborhood next week. How ‘bout that?!
Really want to live Plein Air or learn more? Visit their webpage here.
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