A step by step demonstration of the Plein Air painting process, on the sand in Laguna Beach. California's rich tradition of painting en plein aire is not surprising considering the area's abundant natural beauty and gorgeous weather. Early 20th century artists such as Edgar Payne and William Wendt helped to make Laguna Beach an "artist's community" through their plein air and studio work depicting the area.
Step One: Setup
Cigar Box Easels are a great way to get in the spirit of the early plein air painters as they were used by some of the original impressionists for their outdoor work.
Plein Air Painting: Step Two
Composition can be the most important part of the process. A strong design is critical.
Plein Air Painting: Step Three
Color! Building the darks...
Plein Air Painting: Step Four
More color! Popping the lights...
C'est fini! - 6 x 12" oil on canvas panel
Content contributed to Painterly by Artist/Instructor Jessica Byrne - byrnestudio.com