Theodore Payne Foundation
Sun Valley, CA
July 3 – August 16, 2014
This past Spring, members of the San Fernando Valley Art Club gathered at the Theodore Payne Foundation in Sun Valley, CA to sketch and paint en plein air. The paintings created during these springtime visits are now on view in the Theodore Payne Gallery. The Foundation invites you to visit the Gallery to view this special exhibition.
The Theodore Payne Arts Council explains:
En plein air is a French expression meaning “in the open air,” and is used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Artists have long painted outside. However, in the mid-19th century, working in natural light became increasingly important to multiple schools of art, including the Impressionists, whose work focused on ordinary subject matter and the changing qualities of light.
The popularity of plein air painting increased in the 1870s with the introduction of paint in tubes, which replaced the task of grinding and mixing dry pigment powders with linseed oil. The box easel was invented during this period, increasing the ease and portability of art supplies. In the mid-20th century, the invention of fast-drying, water-based acrylic paint added yet another convenience.
This exhibition has been added to the Exhibits to Visit page.