Just like Inktober is a daily drawing challenge for every day in October, PleinAirpril requires a daily plein air painting during April. I plan on participating and will outline what it is and my goals for this challenge below.
Plein air painting comes from the French en plein air meaning to paint in the open i.e. outdoors. Leaving the studio and using the natural world for reference can be difficult due to the changing conditions in light and movement. However it is these precise qualities most plein air painters hope to capture on the page and the best method for improvement is by practicing!
My goal for this challenge is to go outside every day and do a small, postcard-sized (maybe smaller) painting of the landscape (or sky) using either watercolour or gouache. Gouache is a new medium for me so we'll see if I attempt it or decide to stick to watercolours! By landscape I also include waterscapes.
Painting landscapes is in line with the themes provided by the Warrior Painters group for this year's challenge (open to interpretation):
- Water - in any form
- Fire - flame, light, anything related to warmth & heat
- Earth - rock, mountain, plant, etc.
- Air - cloud, sky, fog, mist, wind, etc.
In order to participate for prizes from the Warrior Painters challenge there are more guidelines, however I will probably just stick to adding the #pleinairpril hashtag to any Instagram posts (so follow me there for progress photos).
Are you joining in? Read more about how challenges can help you grow artistically here: