Plein Air Painting

Plein Air comes from French meaning ‘out of doors’ or ‘open air’ painting.
It is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, also called French: peinture sur le motif (“painting of the object(s) or what the eye actually sees”), where a painter reproduces the actual visual conditions seen at the time of the painting.

Stimuli from the outdoors such as light, wind, smells, environment all influence the painter and of course the painting.

Rita Schwab enjoys painting outdoors.  And even though she does not try to duplicate nature’s visual display, her Plein Air paintings capture the mood of the place represented.

Painting in the Gardens – a Plein Air event
Relax after work with a glass of wine and paint in the beautiful private backyard gardens in Englewood.
Tuesdays 5-7 pm entire season

Nature is our inspiration and Rita’s private gardens with blooming flora and fruit orchard lends itself splendidly for nature studies; Whether realistic or abstract, there is a picture for everyone from vegetables to tropical trees to flowering shrubs and unusual plants.

Please e-mail Rita at for specific location.