In the June 2015 issue of Pastel Journal, we asked five renowned landscape artists—Lorenzo Chavez, Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Barbara Jaenicke, Kim Lordier and Richard McKinley—about the most important ingredient to making a plein air outing a success? Here’s a sampling of the responses—and a gallery with some of their plein air work:
- Kim Lordier: Just taking the time to slow it all down. Take away the expectation of a finished product, and allow the quality of light and subject to speak to you.
- Liz Haywood-Sullivan: I find the most important ingredient is being with fellow artists to share the experience. I like the camaraderie of painting on location with friends. You can exchange tips about your kit and setup. You can share the hidden gems—those locations not everyone knows about that are sometimes right under your nose. Plus, you have a ready source for critique.
- Barbara Jaenicke: Permission to fail. Putting pressure on yourself to complete a perfect painting is unrealistic for most artists. I approach my plein air work as “information-gathering sessions” that will improve my studio work.