Art History Student requests help on plein air painting project

Summer Evening on the Skagen Southern Beach with Anna Ancher and Marie Krøyer, P. S. Krøyer, 1893

Plein Air Painting Survey

A local art student is completing a project on en plein air in Art History and has requested responses from other artists on their experience of painting en plein air for comparative study.

“I am incredibly interested by painting outdoors, and was wondering if it were possible for you to answer some questions I have on the topic?”

Peder Severin Krøyer, Self portrait, 1897
Peder Severin Krøyer, Self portrait, 1897

Their particular area of study has included Scandinavian artists such as Peder Severin Krøyer (1851-1909) working en plein air in the town of Skagen, Denmark. They are looking at the Skagen artists’ relationship with light in Skagen, and especially, Krøyer’s en plein air works created during his ‘blue period’.

If you are able to answer any of the questions below to aid their understanding of painting en plein air (particularly before Friday 6 May) that would be fantastic and we will pass on responses to them.

Plein Air Painting Survey
Do you paint in a studio as well as en plein air, and if so, how does the aesthetic of your painting style change (if at all) compared to when painting en plein air?
What time of year do you paint en plein air and why?
Where, in your personal opinion, is the best place to paint en plein air and why?
What is your personal relationship to the place where you paint, and how does it make you feel?
In your opinion is there an optimum time of day to paint in terms of light/colour?

 

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