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10/14/11

Plein Air

ⓒ Barbara Goodsitt


I have had the pleasure of occasionally joining our Ann Arbor Women Artists Plein Air Group, whose outings are organized by Sandra Difazio.  Tapu and Sally Silvennoinen, one of our members, owns the historic Geddes Farm in Ann Arbor. We have been painting there each season over the past year.  This project will culminate in an upcoming art show at Moonwinks Cafe, located on the east side of Ann Arbor.

En Plein air is a French expression which means "in the open air", and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors. The first time I did it, many little animals including rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, birds, and bees came by to visit me. This added to the magic of the experience. It was as if I became "one" with the landscape while I painted it.  Every worry in the world just dropped away. I would love to do more plein air work in Michigan and perhaps other locations!

I hope you can stop by Moonwinks in November and see what some of our plein air painters have created.

2 comments:

Barbara Melnik Carson said...

Barbara,
You have captured some of that magic in your work. I love the colors, lines and scene. It is truly enchanting. Begging me to look longer to discover the story. The white van adds to the intrigue.

Barbara Goodsitt said...

Thanks so much! I so enjoyed the experience of plein air painting this summer. The act of observing nature quietly, for long periods of time, reinforced my appreciation of how precious all natural life is.