Plein Air is a French term for painting outdoors – in the “open air”. It was the Impressionists that made this art form so popular. Picture Monet, Renoir, or Van Gogh painting in a field in southern France, and you’ll have a good idea of what plein air painting is, and the types of paintings that are created in natural light.

The paintings on this page were painted en plein air at various locations around Rhode Island. Most were completed on site – alla prima – over the course of about two hours. You have to work quick because the light is ever changing.   

The beauty of plein air paintings is that they’re simple, spontaneous, unpredictable, authentic, and perfectly imperfect.