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 Fibonacci sequence (a series of numbers where in every number in it is the sum of the two preceding ones) aided Jill in creating a sense of depth looking down as well as the vastness of the horizon. Read more about her process at https://bit.ly/3uk7RvS
"Washington D.C." – Oil on Linen, 24in x 36in, Collection of James and Patrice Comey
This commissioned painting, looking at Washington D. C. from the George Washington Memorial Parkway, served as the backdrop for James Comey’s interview on Face the Nation. Visit Newsworthy @ jillnichols.com to read more about Jill's powerfully charged images.
Jill Nichols Interviews with Lisa Scails at the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut. Jill speaks to her ‘aha’ moment, inspiration from nature and science, understanding beauty and what art can bring to a time like this (during Covid-19). More @ jillnichols.com