American Plein Air Painting


This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "American Plein Air Painting." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to these articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the Resource Library publication date.

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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

Keeping the Faith: Painting in Santa Catalina 1935-1985; essay by Roy C. Rose (3/29/05)

Artists in Santa Catalina Island Before 1945; essay by Jean Stern (3/29/05)

John Walker: Oceans, Tidepools and Plein Air Paintings (2/22/02)

First Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational Competition (7/13/99)

13th Annual Plein Air Painters of America Show and Sale (10/18/98)

Plein Air Painters Paint the Town of Santa Ana; article by Ann Avery Andres (6/18/97)

Plein Air Painters Sale and Exhibition November 8 and 9, 1997

James Mullen: Savannah Plein Air Paintings (10/10/97)

The Plein Air Scene by Sarah Beserra


TFAO references:

As of 12/5/13 TFAO Digital Library contained 732 pages referencing the phrase "Plein Air."


From other websites:

Plein Air Painting by Teta Collins, from Accessed August, 2015.

"Childe Hassam en plein air," by Margaret E. Bullock, from Magazine Antiques, Dec, 2004. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

Plein-Air Painters of America website. Accessed August, 2015.

What's Plein Air Painting? from The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens. Accessed August, 2015.

from see artist-instructor John A. Parks' 3-part plein air demonstration from Part 1, (16:36) This installment focuses on the underpainting. Part 2 (17:08) Parks begins adding color to his painting in this installment. Part 3 (24:02) The final installment of artist-instructor John A. Parks' plein air demonstration. Posted Oct. 22, 2007. In "Purchase Street, Rye, New York" posted Oct 24, 2007 (1:08) viewers see a plein air demonstration of Nestor Mandalengoitia painting on the streets of Rye, New York.. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

Jack Stuppin, a California plein air artist, presents on his website online videos covering the process of plein air painting. Accessed August, 2015.

Skip Whitcomb conducts a plein air painting demonstration. The video, presented without audio, follows the artist's brushstrokes in creating a plein air painting. Accessed August, 2015.


DVD/VHS videos:

Plein Air: Painting the American Landscape episodes take the viewer on a journey, from Cape Cod, where the Atlantic meets the land, to the peak of Denali, the "Great One," North America's tallest mountain. Other episodes feature the Tongass Rain Forest; Seward, Alaska; Taos, New Mexico; Trinidad, Colorado; and central Michigan. Plein air artists featured in the series include Matt Smith of Scottsdale, Arizona; Kenn Backhaus of Robesonia, Pennsylvania; Jean LeGassick of Silver City, Nevada; Connecticut artist Charles Sovek; Utah artist Ron Rencher; and Frank LaLumia of Trinidad, Colorado. Episodes features one or two of the contemporary plein air painters and examine their technique plus history of the plein air genre. Plein Air: Painting the American Landscape appeals to art lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike and helps viewers to understand America's own naturalist art form. For more than a century, a unique group of American artists ventured out of their studios to capture the essence of the American landscape. Some learned their craft from the French Impressionists, others through trial and error. What unites them is their dedication to the interplay of land, water and sky, and the study of how light, shadow and color form the varied and rich masks of the natural world. This six-part series premiered in August 2007 on PBS and was presented in high definition. Underwriters for the series are Rasmuson Foundation and Joan Irvine Smith & Athalie R. Clarke Foundation. The producer is Greg Bombeck of Bombeck Productions and the PBS presenter is KTOO Juneau. DVDs are available through Bombeck Productions, LLC, 18016 Kamkoff Ave., P.O. Box 770302, Eagle River, AK 99577.

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