Ask any plein air painter what attracts them to a particular scene, and more often than not, light is the answer. So what happens when an artist is faced with a landscape endowed with especially dramatic effects — a spectacularly colored sky reflected in the water below, a mysterious moonlit alleyway, or a tree-lined sidewalk brought to life by the play of dappled light? The landscape paintings showcased here give us a glimpse of the magic that can be achieved.
“I painted this piece while participating in the Borrego Plein Air Invitational in the Anzo-Borrego Desert in California,” says Susan Lynn. “The first moments of sunrise lit up the Santa Rosa Mountains with striking reds, oranges, and purples, in sharp contrast to the still-shaded desert floor. The brilliant color, however, only lasted about 20 to 30 minutes, so even this small watercolor required two painting sessions for me to capture the glow.”
“This piece won Best in Show at the 2018 Cashiers Plein Air Festival,” says Bill Farnsworth. “I was heading down a switchback mountain road when I saw this 1840s barn on a curve just off the road. I couldn’t stop in time, so I drove down a mile and turned where I could (not an easy thing to do on a mountain road). This was my third painting of the day, and although I was tired, the scene energized me.”
“’Tranquil Sunset’ was created on location after a splendid day kayaking at the lake,” says Susan Nicholas Gephart. “The tranquil memories of floating intertwined with pastel painting — truly a plein air experience.”
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