The default way of thinking about plein air is to think of landscapes, but painting the figure or painting still lifes outdoors qualify, and offer exciting challenges. This photo of folks working from still life setups outdoors is gratifying, and it reminds one of the work done at the Cape Cod School of Art.

The artists pictured were working with Kami Mendlik in her St. Croix River School of Painting, located outside of Stillwater, Minnesota.

“This is a class I hold weekly on Tuesday mornings,” says Mendlik. “We work directly from natural light, using the still life set up to study the color of the light and shadow. The focus is studying and capturing the color relativity between averages to create the illusion of sunlight.”


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