I knew he'd come in handy some day.
I won't even need to give this photo a title, because I know you can think of a good one, even though it's a cliche'.
This En Plein Aire thing is beginning to annoy me.
Time was, you painted outside. You could do it like Monet, with a canvas for every hour so that the light would be consistant with each painting. Like him, you could sit in a boat and paint, even. With mosquito netting as well. Truly, a happy camper. If I could paint like that I would sit in a boat , even if there was no water under it.Monet Painting on His Boat, by Manet
John Singer Sargent, not to be outdone, painting on a gondola in Venice
Or you could schlep all that equipment into the countryside every day, and stand in the sun with crows pooping on your paintings, maybe sell one or two out of a thousand, and end up shooting yourself. The choices are endless, when painting outdoors.FURTHERMORE
Time was, if you put each paint laden brushstroke down on the canvas without playing with it by underpainting, glazing, scumbling, and worst of all, overpainting, you painted Alla Prima, which is Italian for "at once". Not a la prima, which is a spinoff of a la carte and a la mode. So to my way of thinking, En Plein Aire is to painting outdoors as Boeuf a la Mode is to potroast.
I'm getting lost here. Louis Prima?