Plein Air Painting

May 5, 2017 Oil paintings

This semester I felt that my painting came together. I started to truly understand how I paint and see the world. This has lead to a more cohesive body of work that I believe represents my style well. Each time I went out this Winter and Spring I was able to complete a painting I was happy with. While some days I was far happier with my work than others, this semester’s body of work has shown me that I am on the right path.

All these paintings are on the smaller side because they were done in a Plein Air painting style. Plein Air painting is about leaving the comfort of the studio and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice dates back centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. All of the materials for painting have to be transported and therefore smaller canvases are helpful. The light also changes drastically throughout the day meaning the ability to complete a painting in a few hours is essential.


Wissahickon Rapids, Oil on canvas mounted on board, 5 1/2″ x 8″, $100


Geese on the Wissahickon, Oil on canvas mounted on board,  7″ x 4 1/2″, $80


Wissahickon Falls, Oil on canvas mounted on board, 5 1/2″ x 8″, $100


Water Study, Oil on paper, 4 1/2″ x 4 3/4″, $50


Old PECO on the Delaware, Oil on paper, 7″ x 7″, $120


Philly Study, Oil on Canvas mounted on board, 6″ x 9″, $120




Crane at the Navy Yard, Oil on canvas mounted on board, 9″ x 6″, Sold


Cherry Blossoms on the Schulykil, Oil on Canvas on board, 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″, Sold


Fairmount Outcropping, Oil on canvas mounted on board, 7″x 4 1/2″, $100

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