En plein air is a phrase borrowed from the French equivalent meaning "open (in full) air". It is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, or ("painting of the object(s) or what the eye actually sees"), where a painter reproduces the actual visual conditions seen at the time of the painting. This method contrasts with studio painting or academic rules.
(picture from @jannerobinson on instagram)
And this “en plein air” is what I’ve been up to lately. Putting
my house on the market last fall didn’t leave much time, energy and space to
work on big projects before the house sold. And lets just say….space has become
an issue since the the house sold. But alas…..where there’s a will there’s a way.
Saw this girl on pinterest…and decided to draw off of the monitor.
That hair was just fun to color!!
Only used watercolor here.
Then one day I had some time to kill, so I hung out at Starbucks.
Easier to draw ppl when their back is to you and you know you won’t get caught!!
And another day I went back to Starbucks…..
On this day in Starbucks…not many people present…so I attempted to
draw the above scene.
Lots of repetition going on here.
Then I ran out of time….Fun exercise!
Later…I hung out at Barnes and Noble. This guy was cool….cuz he
stuck around awhile.
On another visit to Barnes and Noble I was inspired to draw the
people sitting in the café with me.
But….they didn’t stay long. Frustrating!
This child holding his water bottle had very nice features.
And, I should’ve let his mouth be what it was in the earlier stages…but I got to
tinkering!! And I did a number on his lips! Note-to-Self…”Less is
I’ve been posting so much on Instagram lately and forgetting to
document my art here. It’s always better to get those pictures off my phone and
organized on my computer. Blogging helped me to do that. I need to get back
into that habit.
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- By day...I work in the Healthcare field, where every .. i.. has to be dotted and every ..t.. has to be crossed. This blog is the place where I can let myself go and have some fun. I am on a journey. A journey I started a long time ago, but it has been a bit sidetracked with Navy Wife relocations and raising kids. I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and I have got some time for me. No, I will not be one of those moms walking around the house with Empty Nest Syndrome, I have got way too much to do, to learn, to create. Sure, once the kids are gone I will miss them....but hey, there is always the phone, the email, the texting and the Plane tickets! I love my life and my family and It is fun moving into this new stage. I am into Digital Scrapbooking, photography, journaling, Art Journaling and Drawing. I am a do-it-yourselfer and I am trying to teach myself to draw. I am finding that it takes a lot of patience, lots of practice and a good eraser! And if you're really curious there's a 3 part Interview by Eileen: HERE All the best, Eden