One of the most exciting and inspiring genres of art-making is that of plein air painting. Artists who are skilled in landscape painting take those abilities out of the studio and discover the power of painting outdoors, with no barriers between their artistic inspirations and their canvases. In the Southwest Art Collector’s Guide to Contemporary Plein Air Painters, you will discover some of the top plein air painters and contemporary plein air artists working today. You will be able to find out what serves as the inspirations for their plein air art, what they focus on in their plein air paintings, and what the mindset is of a true plein air artist.
Southwest Art Collector’s Guide to Contemporary Plein Air Painters was created to give enthusiasts, art collectors, and curators a look into the unique plein air art being created today. Four artists with very different backgrounds and points of view are offered up and this portfolio-style resource guide will give any and all interested parties a powerfully inspiring understanding of the appeal of plein air art and what it has to offer in the hands of artists today.
The artist portfolios included in this free eBook include:
The first artist you will be introduced to in Southwest Art Collector’s Guide to Contemporary Plein Air Painters is Walt Gonske. Plein air artist Walt Gonske has a powerful and energetic style. In his works he is often described as recording the process of creating art, specifically plein air art. His brushwork is loose and his detailing of a scene minimal. He is most interested in painting to capture a moment in time. Walt immerses himself in the land he paints as he paints it with a mobile studio that has very few creature comforts but everything he could want and need as a plein air artist. His style is very much seated in “of the moment” inspirations as opposed to highly finished works where all the details are locked in place. He breaks the art-school rules to great effect.
The third artist you will read about in Southwest Art Collector’s Guide to Contemporary Plein Air Painters is Stephen C. Datz. Stephen’s plein air art shares nature’s quiet and wondrous moments. A sunset, a passing shower of rainfall—these are the finite pieces of time that come alive on this plein air artist’s canvas. Stephen will often return to sites that he is drawn to as a plein air painter. He understands and believes that each passing moment is unique and as a painter he will always be able to capture something magnificent if he approaches his plein air art with the right mindset.