chasing the light and loving every minute of it
The Plein Air Painters of the Umpqua are a group of artists that meet to paint on locations throughout Southern Oregon.
We have found that painting together creates an atmosphere for learning, builds an appreciation for our surroundings and forms a camaraderie amongst us.
Dealing with the changing light, the unpredictable weather and the occasional visitor/critic are just a few of the challenges of plein air painting. But the skills learned and the memories created make it all worthwhile. Nothing can match the feeling of plein air painting.
En plein air is a French expression which means “in the open air”, and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors.
Artists have long painted outdoors, but in the mid-19th century working in natural light became particularly important to the Barbizon school and Impressionism.
Today, there is a fresh resurgence of painting on location, partly because of the camaraderie of plein air groups such as the PAPU.
The PAPU meet from Spring to Fall at locations throughout Southern Oregon. We paint at a variety of locations to give us different subject matter.
Currently we are meeting each Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm. Our group is pretty laid back and people come and go throughout the day.
We range from beginning painters to professionals and we are all encouraging and helpful.