Plein Air

Shirl Ireland

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without the work. 

Oscar Wilde

I'm addicted to plein air painting. I've been at it for decades. I’ve plein air painted out of my kayak. I’ve painted the Yellowstone sunrise every day of the summer. I’ve plein air painted in the wilderness with a film crew around me for a PBS documentary. I’ve plein air painted miles into the backcountry of Yellowstone – one time I forgot my brushes and used a stick. I’ve had elk pull over my easel. I’ve painted the ocean, Canada, Europe and Costa Rica. I’ve even plein air painted at 9 months pregnant at zero degrees in the snow, just to capture the wind, the snow, the sunshine, the weather… that moment never to be again - the essence. And I’m not done yet...

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