We have a collection of local plein air painters presenting their art at the ArtiFactory.
- Andrea Smisek Gage
- Lianne Westcot
- John Evans
- Victoria Fosma
- Carlos Maldonado
- Beppie Weiss
- Lauretta Kelley
- Omer Sanan
- Jeff Allen
- Robert Richardson
Our gallery is open from noon to 2 pm on Mondays and from 1 to 3 pm on Saturdays at 120 N. Dubuque St., Iowa City.
Plein air painting is the act of painting outdoors, in direct sunlight. This is in contrast to painting inside in the studio. Plein air painting has been practiced by artists for centuries, but it became especially popular in the 19th century with the rise of Impressionism.
Impressionist painters were interested in capturing the effects of light and atmosphere, and they believed that the best way to do this was to paint outdoors. They also believed that painting outdoors would help them to connect with nature and to create more spontaneous and expressive paintings.
Plein air painting can be challenging, but it is also a very rewarding experience. It allows artists to capture the beauty of nature in real time, and it can help them to develop their skills and their creativity.
Here are some of the benefits of plein air painting:
It allows artists to capture the changing effects of light and atmosphere.
It helps artists to connect with nature and to create more spontaneous and expressive paintings.
It can help artists to develop their skills and their creativity.
If you are interested in trying plein air painting, there are a few things you will need to get started. You will need:
A portable easel
A camera (optional)
Once you have gathered your supplies, you are ready to head outdoors and start painting! Here are a few tips for plein air painting:
Choose a location that you find inspiring.
Set up your easel in a shady spot.
Start with a light touch and build up the paint gradually.
Don’t be afraid to experiment.