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Plein air painting

Warmer, sunny days in the Northeast encourage outdoor painting. Plein Air Painting contributes significantly to capturing and documenting the beauty and history of this area. Plein Air first became popular in the early nineteenth century in Europe and America when pre-mixed paints and transportable box easels were developed. Artists use colorful brush strokes instead of layering their paint.
Jill Dye of the Killington Arts Guild has long practiced and taught Plein Air painting which brings you closer to nature and puts you in the moment. Last year at a garage sale in Rutland, photographer Patsy Zedar bought a French easel and paints suitable for Plein Air and started taking painting lessons.

Recently in Waitsfield, Vt., there was a Plein Air paint-out. Poet and photographer Ann Day reported that artists were all over the valley documenting barns, churches and villages, mountains and waterfalls.

The same weekend, Betty Little, Patsy Zedar and James Little were traveling in the Adirondacks and interviewed two young women participating in the Saranac Lake Plein Air week. They had risen early to paint in the morning light by a lake and were doing their second pictures. Both were part of a six member Hudson River group that had come for the second year to this event. In 2011, Gretchen Kelly (Hyde Park, NY) won a prize for the best watercolor in the Saranac Plein Air Show.  In fact, she said, all members of the Hudson River group won prizes.

Tarryl Gable (Hyde Park, NY) said she is a full time painter and art teacher and is following the plein air events all around the country. Many of her paintings are about the west, particularly horses. She had sold some of these at Liquid Art in Killington.

Betty Little told her that Beth Weinberg of Liquid Art had just joined KAG and explained that the Guild is composed of artists and friends of the ARTS including painters, sculptors, craftsmen, printmakers, photographers, musicians, writers, dancers, dramatists and poets. Member profiles and news is posted on the website; their work displayed in the KAG Gallery at Cabin Fever Gifts on Route 4 in Killington and a profile written in this column.

When Patsy returned to Killington, she tried Plein Air painting at Pico.

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