Jill’s landscape paintings from near and far – on location to studio. Paintings on this page are available
Plein Air paintings & Studies
“En Plein air” is a French Term that translates to “painting in the open air”. Though the French Impressionist brought new awareness and excitement, painting on location is a tradition that dates back for centuries. There is a certain life force that exists in the plein air painting, a ‘live performance’ so to speak. A moment in time, the light charged particles glowing in the atmosphere, the birds and crickets singing, fragrances of fruits and flowers floating on the air, capturing nature’s many moods.
I find that when I can let myself go, not cloaking myself, without preemptive strikes, that my work results in a very fresh and honest expression to which people relate.
Below please Jill’s plein air paintings, organized by location. Please check back occasionally to view the updated galleries with Jill’s newest paintings done on location …. There are many more images available, too numerous to show here. Consider a visit to my home studio gallery to have a look.
Puerto Rico, Bermuda and the Sargasso Sea – Plein Air & Studies
I was in Puerto Rico when two large earthquakes rocked the small island – a 5.8 and then a 6.4. Painting centers me- the strokes are staccato -painted in the moment with the light and colors fading at each stroke. Clean up had to wait until the morning because we had lost power shortly after the quake. These paintings are 6″ x 8″, oil on linen.
The events of the last week prompted me to share the painting, "Our Banner in the Sky", by Frederic Church on my blog at www.jillnichols.com. Painted at a time when the sovereignty of the United States was at stake, shortly after the attack that sparked the Civil War in April of 1861. Read More in Jill's Blog, www.jillnichols.com#peace#Olana#news#history