Plein Air Pastel Painting

Plein Air Pastel Painting of Salt Pond

My Plein Air Pastel Painting

Plein Air is a French expression which means "in the open air" and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors.

While on summer vacation last summer I found the perfect spot to do some plein air painting - Salt Pond in Bethany, Delaware. I set up my easel and supplies along the water and began to paint. It took me a little while to get used to painting outside with the breeze blowing my paper and the insects flying around distracting me. Once I got the paper taped down and got adjusted to my surroundings I began enjoying the painting experience. I loved seeing how brilliant the colors of the environment were and tried to paint with the same vibrancy. Since that time I have enjoyed painting other scenes. Give it a try!