Seven years ago, 12 individual artists came together to form the Plein Air Artists of Riverside in affiliation with the Riverside Art Museum. Our fellowship has since grown to over 75 members and has taken us many places throughout the Inland Empire, the beaches, and the deserts to paint on location.
The objective of a Plein Air artist is to capture the light as it falls on their subject using sight, sound, atmosphere, and temperature to reflect a moment in time while processing this on paper or canvas. Artists accomplish this in a very short amount of time. This tradition dates back to the 19th century where painters such as John Constable used his plein air sketches to paint huge paintings in his studio, Claude Monet and Edouard Degas who traditionally painted on location using a theory that what you saw in nature was not form but rather light on form and that light could be conveyed through color.
Each year PAAR has a 9 day paint out which includes a Quick Draw and wet painting sale followed by an exhibit and juried art show. Our goal is to share our paintings and experiences of the great outdoors with the public through exhibitions, demonstrations, and workshops and this blog.