These are the three pieces I painted yesterday for the plein air event in Hammonton. You will be seeing a lot of plein air pieces from now until the weather turns in October. Painting in the sunshine is my favorite pastime. So let's talk about what painting en plein air actually is. Wikipedia defines plein air as "a French expression which means 'in the open air' and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors." Traditionally plein air paintings are created in one sitting. They are painted on location. The purpose is capture the time and mood of a location at a particular moment. Artists have always enjoyed painting plein air, but the concept was made popular my the impressionists.