Ron Flier


Painting in plein air is a French term that simply means painting from life, in one sitting. Normally the term refers to painting outdoors but can also refer to figure painting or still life work. My plein air work is rendered in either watercolor or oil.

The painting technique is quite different than studio painting in that if you are outdoors, the sun marches on and creates a fast change in shadow and bright areas, the wind is always a challenge and temperature is a significant factor. Painting “wet in wet” with oils also requires a different process that is not at all consistent with studio paintings.