Artists swapping studio for outdoors

Rod Cameron, from Mandurah Plein Air Artists. Picture: Tony Tropiano
Rod Cameron, from Mandurah Plein Air Artists. Picture: Tony Tropiano

LOCAL and visiting artists will be encouraged to step outside their studios and join in the World Wide Plein Air Paint Out.

The event will happen simultaneously across the world and Mandurah’s event has the support of International Plein Air Painters Association, the local Mandurah Plein Air Artists (Inc) and other painting enthusiasts.

Artists of all skill levels and mediums are invited to take part in this free event, which runs from 11am to 3pm each day.

Bring your own paints and materials and join the fun.

All ages are welcome and the public will be able to watch individual artists work, moving from painter to painter throughout the day.

Plein air is a French expression which means “in the open air”.

Plein air artists seek the quality of natural light and atmosphere outdoors and their work is in direct response to the beauty they find in nature. A variety of mediums is used, from oils through to watercolours and pastels.

At the conclusion of the weekend’s painting, artists and spectators will be invited to Vivid Gallery in the Smart Street Mall for the opening of From the Easel, an exhibition by the Mandurah Plein Air Artists. These works have been painted on location and will be exhibited as raw, unframed plein air studies.

Gillian Peebles will be the guest speaker, talking about her judging role in the upcoming Plein Air Down Under outdoor painting festival. She will be giving pointers on what she will be looking for as she judges over the three day festival on September 28, 29 and 30.

Visit Mandurah Plein Air or email barbarathoms@iinet.net.au.