Alex, my art student, and I painted plein air this morning.
Plein air is just a fancy French term for on location, out in the open air.
We walked all around the orchard, flower gardens and yard and finally settled on this site.
She's painting part of one of my husband Jim's flower gardens.
There are echinacea, Queen Anne's lace, marigolds, and a vining purple flower drooping over a railroad tie.
Alex mixing her paint.
Here's my really high tech setup on the back of my golf cart.
My easel is actually in the back of the cart.
Here's Alex with her finished painting.
Not only did she paint plein air, but she also painted alla prima, meaning she got it done in one sitting.
She did a 5 x 7 canvas panel and it is attached to the board with double stick tape.
It was getting pretty warm by the time we finished,
but I think she had a good time and we both learned alot about colors, lights and shadows and how to paint quickly.