Diane Kettle artist


Enjoy your summer painting in the beautiful Peak District with Diane Kettle



by the clapper bridge in Bradford Dale ....

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personal art tuition en plein air at Alport near Youlgrave

En plein air is a French expression which means "in the open air", and is often used to describe the practice of painting in the outside environment rather than indoors (such as in a studio). In English alfresco has the same meaning, however in Italian the term al fresco has a rather different one, either in jail or simply cool air !

Artists have long painted outdoors, but in the mid-1800s working in natural light became particularly important to the Barbizon school and Impressionism. The popularity of painting en plein air increased with introduction in the 1870s of paints in tubes (resembling modern toothpaste tubes). Previously, each painter made their own paints by grinding and mixing dry pigment powders with linseed oil. The Newlyn School in Cornwall is considered another major location of such painting in the late 19th century.

French Impressionist painters such as Claude Monet, Camille Pisarro, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir advocated en plein air painting, and much of their work was done outdoors. Lucien Pisarro spent quite a bit of time in Youlgrave. I even know which house he lodged at in Bradford Dale. I hope I might spot a Pisarro painting each time I go to a car boot sale


 why not keep up your drawing skills at life drawing this autumn and winter?