Local artist Linda Roemisch explores and explains a rediscovery of painting en plein air at a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Szabo Vineyard Tasting Room in Nevada City.
The term “en plein air” is something you may have heard from an artist, and you may have wondered, “What does this mean?”
Simply put it means the art of painting outdoors in the open air. This style of painting has been around since 1890 but was over-shadowed by a tumultuous avalanche of abstract and unique styles of individual art.
Yet in the background, essentially unknown, was a style of art, majestic, tranquil and often poetic in nature. This style of painting from life, coined painting en plein air, captured a harmonious view of life. Plein air is seeing a fresh rediscovery with new talented artists and their works can be seen in galleries and in private collections all over the globe. The public is much more aware of nature and the need to preserve its history. It is an truly an exciting time to paint.
Here are just a few of the artists who painted from life: Claude Monet, Guy Rose, Edgar Alwin Payne, Franz Bischoff, J. Bond Francisco, Sam Hyde Harris, Granville S. Redmond, Donna Norine Schuster, Marion Kavanagh Wachtel and Anna Althea Hills. In their art you will see a preservation of landscapes, seascape and our very own sierrascape history. These are the true painters of light.
Roemisch has chosen this style above all the rest because of her love of being close to nature.
“I truly believe we as artists must be good stewards of nature, and it is important to capture the landscape as it is today en plein air,” she said.
Don’t be surprised if you see Roemisch standing in a field or by a stream chasing the ever illusive light
She has been painting en plein air since 1998. She started with watercolor but came back to her real love of oils and pastes. Her work can be seen at the Art Works Gallery in Grass Valley
To learn more about this style of painting, join Roemisch Friday at Szabo, 316 Broad St. in Nevada City or for a demonstration and art talk on plein air painting 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Pioneer Arts General Meeting Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.