Our Paint the Town event, part of the Celebration of Canada Culture Day, offers the public a chance to watch artists at work and artists a chance to network and meet. The event features many local artists painting en plein air at various locations around White Rock. En plein air is a French expression which means “in the open air,” and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, which is also called peinture sur le motif (“painting on the ground”) in French. Painting on location is an important part of the process of learning to observe relationships that are fundamental in drawing and painting. A certain creative energy is captured in the personal struggle to interpret the rapidly changing light conditions, colour, texture and rhythms experienced in the moment. Often the paintings express a unique energy that can be difficult to repeat in the studio environment.
Sharing knowledge, tips, tricks and support amongst artists helps everyone grow from the amateur to the professional. This is just one of the reasons that collaboration is one of the pillars of a vibrant and strong arts community. This year, one of our members Bob McMurray was featured in a video sharing tips on painting en plein air. Check it out — maybe you’ll learn something new!
Interested in trying to paint en plein air? Here is a list of supplies that you may find useful.
About Bob McMurray
Bob was born in New Westminster and grew up in Richmond. He had a professional career as a chartered accountant, while maintaining his interest in painting through involvement in FCA workshops since the mid-80s and the Foundation Courses in the 90s. His work is representational in style and leans towards nostalgia.
While he works in many media he favours oils, acrylics and watercolour, and is an enthusiastic plein air painter. He has also taught many workshops and demonstrated painting in a variety of media, stressing colour harmonies and light patterns. Bob’s paintings are in a number of private and corporate collections in Canada and abroad. He was elected to Associate Signature status (AFCA) by the Federation of Canadian Artists in 1995, and made an Honorary Life Member in 2007.
Visit Bob McMurray’s website.