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.
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.