En plein air is a French term for painting on location in the open air. It has become very popular among artists who paint in a realistic style.
Watercolors in this set were painted at various locations in Northern Michigan and Southwest Florida.
This slide show includes a group of watercolors of Douglas Valley near Manistee, Michigan. I painted these on location this past summer. The valley is the home of the Douglas Valley vineyard community with its rolling hills of vineyards and orchards, dramatic views of Lake Michigan, and its tasting house, where my paintings are for sale. After a hard day of painting, it's great to pop into the tasting house for a nice glass of wine.
I enjoy participating in plein air competitions where painters compete for cash awards. Artists using watercolors, oils, pastels, pen and ink and other two-dimentional mediums can be seen at these events.
Some of these competitions are "quick draws" where artists are given a limited time - two or three hours - to finish
their paintings. It's hectic, but also a lot of fun. Paintings at en plein air competitions can be purchased at "wet paint" sales later in the day or evening.
Morsels from the River was painted during a competition in Traverse City, Michigan, this past summer. It sold later in the day at the wet paint sale.