The Summer of Plein Air at The Art Store

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The Summer of Plein Air at The Art Store

As the sun stretches its golden fingers across Central New York's landscape, artists everywhere are gearing up for an extraordinary summer. Welcome to 2024: The Summer of Plein Air at The Art Store, where creativity meets the great outdoors in a harmonious symphony of colors, textures, and light!


Plein air painting, a practice as old as art itself, has experienced a modern renaissance in recent years. And what better time to dive into this immersive experience than now? The Art Store, a beacon for artists of all levels, is championing this movement by providing resources, inspiration, and a platform for artists to unleash their creativity under the vast skies.


So, what exactly is plein air painting? It's simple yet profound: it's about painting outdoors, directly from nature. No photographs, no studio confinement—just you, your paints, and the landscape unfolding before your eyes. The challenge lies in capturing the essence of a scene swiftly evolving with shifting light and fleeting shadows.


If you're ready to embark on your own plein air journey, here are some best practices to guide you along the way:


  1. Pack Light, Paint Smart: Mobility is key when painting en plein air. Opt for a compact easel, a sturdy backpack to carry your supplies, and lightweight panels or canvases. Consider a limited color palette to streamline your choices and focus on capturing the essence of the scene.
  2. Scout Your Location: Spend time exploring potential painting spots before setting up your easel. Look for scenes that speak to you—whether it's a serene countryside, a bustling urban street, or a tranquil waterfront. Pay attention to the play of light and shadow, and envision how you'll translate it onto your canvas.
  3. Embrace the Elements: Plein air painting is a dance with nature, so be prepared for whatever she throws your way. Bring sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water to stay hydrated under the sun's gaze. And don't let a little rain dampen your spirits—some of the most atmospheric paintings emerge from stormy skies.
  4. Capture the Moment: Unlike studio painting, plein air work is all about capturing a moment in time. Embrace the spontaneity of the process, and don't be afraid to make bold brushstrokes or experiment with different techniques. Let the landscape guide your hand and trust your instincts.
  5. Learn from the Masters: Study the works of renowned plein air painters for inspiration and insight into their techniques. Analyze how they interpret light, composition, and atmosphere, and apply these lessons to your own practice. Remember, every stroke is an opportunity to learn and grow as an artist.


As you embark on your plein air journey this summer, remember that it's not just about creating a masterpiece—it's about immersing yourself in the beauty of the natural world, capturing moments of fleeting beauty, and connecting with the world around you on a deeper level.


At The Art Store, we're proud to support artists on their creative adventures, and we invite you to join us in making 2024 The Summer of Plein Air a season to remember. So grab your brushes, step outside, and let the landscape be your muse. Happy painting!


  1. Joseph Joseph Joseph Joseph

    Absolutely! Stay tuned- 2024 is The Summer of Plein Air here at The Art Store :)

  2. Patricia Slack Patricia Slack

    Come join me other artists for a Plein Air sketching and painting picnic day on July 6th and/or 7th in Brewerton on the Oneida River and Lock 23 0n Lock Road off Black Creek Road and Caughdenoy Road!!!

    Bring your favorite art tools, water, a picnic lunch, and a Summer salad or dessert snack to share!

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