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Steps for Creating Plein Air Paintings

Last week, Sharon spent three days outdoors in a Debra Joyce Dawson workshop  to enhance her plein air painting skills. Sharon has been painting en plein air since 2007 and encourages anyone who loves painting to give it a try.

What is plein air painting?

En plein air is a French term for painting outdoors. Translated literally it means: “in the open air”.  Plein air painting came out of the French Impressionists period in the late 19th century, and has endured in America until today.

Sharon states, “The idea for plein air is to do a quick painting outdoors, then use it as a reference for a larger work in studio.”  Wind Swept is an example of a painting created from a plein air piece.

Wind Swept from a plein air painting.
“Wind Swept” is available as a print and as other merchandise (throw pillow shown) on Sharon Weaver – Fine Art America.

Steps for Creating a Plein Air Painting

  1. Begin by drawing a value sketch of your chosen scene in pencil or black marker limiting your values to 2 or 3.
  2. Transfer drawing to canvas and mass in the drawing with a large brush using middle values.
    TIP: Be sure to use lighter values than the scene appears.
  3. Cover the surface as quickly as you can with these middle values.
  4. Once canvas is covered begin pushing and pulling colors and values, adjusting as you go, till finished.

 At the Plein Air Workshop

Deb Dawson at her Plein Air Workshop
Debra Dawson demonstrating in her workshop. 
Sharon outdoors plein air painting.
Sharon outdoors plein air painting.

View Sharon’s plein air portfolio.

Contact Sharon for more information about purchasing a plein air painting from her portfolio.

Decorate with Fine Art without Breaking the Bank

Do you find shopping for fine art depressing? Your home is your sanctuary. You want it to be beautiful and give your guests a sense of who you are and what you love. But original fine art – whether it be an oil painting, watercolor, or pastel – is usually unaffordable.

Wind Swept Pillow
Wind Swept Pillow

Why not purchase prints instead? At Fine Art America prints can be purchased at a fraction of the cost of the original work of art. You can decide if you want to buy the print already framed or purchase a frame later on. Other products are also available, such as throw pillows, iPhone accessories, and greeting cards.

Fine art animal prints or landscape throw pillows make great gifts, especially to yourself!

White Tiger
White Tiger

Sharon Weaver has animal paintings like “White Tiger”, landscapes, plein air, and portraits available through Fine Art America. And she is adding more each week. Contact Sharon to learn more about ordering her artwork online.


Purchase Sharon’s Artwork on Fine Art America.