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October 29, 2013 > En plein air

En plein air

Submitted By Avanthi Kanmatareddy

The flowing water of the bay, the architectural lines of the bridges, and the majestic mountains surrounding the Bay Area are all quintessential local scenes. Fremont Art Association Plein Air a.k.a. East Bay Outdoor Painters (FAAPA/EBOP) will exhibit their landscape paintings of local Bay Area scenery at the Fremont Art Association Gallery beginning Saturday, November 9th.

ÒEn plein airÓ is a French expression which means Òin the open air,Ó and is used to describe paintings that have been created chiefly outdoors, rather than in the studio. Painting in plein air is one of the most difficult and challenging ways of painting. Plein air artists attempt to capture an impression of what the eye sees, rather than what the viewer knows or feels about the scene.

Starting with a blank canvas, artists make immediate decisions about design, composition, color, and values. They study how light appears on subjects in different weather and at different times of the day; capturing the essence from temperature of color and atmospheric changes to finding the truth in rapidly changing natural settings. Working outdoors in natural light, plein air artists pursue spontaneity, sunlight, and color rather than studio sketches or photographs. Being in the moment, able to absorb it all from sight to sound, the moving light, clouds, and water, adds to the challenge.

Landscape paintings that comprise the exhibit are, for the most part, are local scenes created directly on location. Most of these paintings are studies from the groupÕs weekly informal plein air excursions. A schedule is maintained on the Fremont Art Association Plein Air link; the group is always looking for more people to paint with them. The location changes every two weeks; all mediums are welcome.

For more info contact Robyn at (510) 656-4939 or

Landscape Painting Exhibit
Nov. 9 Ð 24

Sunday Nov. 10
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Fremont Art Association Gallery
37697 Niles Blvd., Fremont
(510) 656-4939

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