Plein Air

What is Plein' Air? It simply means painting outdoors from life. Paintings are generally done in a short period of time due to the changing light. 

Painting in downtown Savannah

Painting in downtown Savannah

En plein air (French pronunciation: [ɑ̃ plɛn ɛːʁ]), or plein air painting, is a phrase borrowed from the French equivalent meaning "open (in full) air". It is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, also called French: peinture sur le motif ("painting of the object(s) or what the eye actually sees"), where a painter reproduces the actual visual conditions seen at the time of the painting. This method contrasts with studio painting or academic rules; those might create a predetermined look. En plein air can also be used to describe other activities where a person partakes in an outdoor environment. The popularity of painting en plein air increased in the 1840s with the introduction of paints in tubes (like for toothpaste). Previously, painters made their own paints by grinding and mixing dry pigment powders with linseed oil.

 

These are some of Sharon's plein' air paintings

"One of my favorite places to paint is on Wilmington Island at Sasser's Docks. "

Sharon has been painting Savannah landscapes most of her life. She began painting plein' air (outdoors) around age 10, when her art teacher Sydney Beauman took her to many of Savannah landmarks such as Forsyth Park, Bonaventure Cemetery, Downtown Savannah and Thunderbolt.  She learned to paint from life in the studio as well as in the landscape. In high school she painted plein' air with another instructor, Sally Bostwick at Tybee Island.

More recently she has studied under Robert Isley, West Fraser, Dee Beard Dean and Jeff Markowsky.

She was the Chairperson for the 1st two Savannah Plein Air Festivals hosted by the Savannah Arts Association.

 

 

 

One of Wilmington Island's great painting spots - Sasser's Docks

One of Wilmington Island's great painting spots - Sasser's Docks

This is the painting from the photo above  

This is the painting from the photo above

 

Sea Lark  

Sea Lark

 

This painting was featured on "Savannah Magazine".  It was painted right down the river from Sasser's at Turner's Creek Bridge.

This painting was featured on "Savannah Magazine".  It was painted right down the river from Sasser's at Turner's Creek Bridge.

Painting on Turner's Creek.  

Painting on Turner's Creek.

 

"Zippidy Doo Da"  painted at Sail Harbor Marina - before the moved the docks.

"Zippidy Doo Da"  painted at Sail Harbor Marina - before the moved the docks.

I have been painting in Forsyth Park for years...too many to tell.  This painting placed 2nd in Oils in the Spring Show at the Landings Art Association

I have been painting in Forsyth Park for years...too many to tell.  This painting placed 2nd in Oils in the Spring Show at the Landings Art Association

Savannah's Gold Leaf dome at City Hall is a landmark I could not pass by.  Below is a painting of it from Johnson Square. 

Savannah's Gold Leaf dome at City Hall is a landmark I could not pass by.  Below is a painting of it from Johnson Square. 

This was a great surprise when I was in front of Mellow Mushroom on Liberty looking for a subject to paint.  It is the Independent Presbyterian Church steeple dressed up with our azalea's and Dogwood in bloom.  The spring in Savannah is breathtaking.

This was a great surprise when I was in front of Mellow Mushroom on Liberty looking for a subject to paint.  It is the Independent Presbyterian Church steeple dressed up with our azalea's and Dogwood in bloom.  The spring in Savannah is breathtaking.

This painting was done at Isle of Hope on Bluff Drive.  You can see something lovely to paint like this in any direction you turn.

This painting was done at Isle of Hope on Bluff Drive.  You can see something lovely to paint like this in any direction you turn.

Isle of Hope Lift

Isle of Hope Lift

This painting of the south end of Tybee was done very quickly as I looked over my shoulder at a large thunderstorm.  Little Tybee is in the background.

This painting of the south end of Tybee was done very quickly as I looked over my shoulder at a large thunderstorm.  Little Tybee is in the background.

Painting in the "Paint Annapolis" Quick Draw event.

Painting in the "Paint Annapolis" Quick Draw event.

 
Plein Air Excursion at Forsyth Park

Plein Air Excursion at Forsyth Park

Enjoying teaching a plein air class at Forsyth Park.

Enjoying teaching a plein air class at Forsyth Park.