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Third House Nature Center Presents PAINTING IN THE PLEIN AIR TRADITION

Barbara Thomas will give a slide and lecture presentation of the history of plein air painting on the East End of Long Island, with a painting demonstration.

Thomas Moran in East Hampton

Beginning with a short overview of 'plein air' painting. En plein air is a French expression meaning "in the open air", and refers to the act of painting outdoors with the artist's subject in full view. Plein air artists capture the spirit and essence of a landscape or subject by incorporating natural light, color and movement into their works.

We'll go through some key artisits of the plein air movement on Eastern Long Island: Thomas Moran and William Merritt Chase among them. We'll look at examples of the work and discuss the methods of work and key elements of plein air painting. Discussion of landscape and how it relates to painting.

At the end of the slide lecture portion, Barbara Thomas will give a painting demonstration, showing the process of landscape painting, discussing how painting in the open air lends itself to the work, talking about weather and atmosphere, seasons, light, time of day, and the painting process to capture effects.

Audience question and answer period will be included

Sunday, June 30, 5pm - 6pm

Third House Nature Center at Suffolk

County Park, Montauk

Refreshments will be served

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