"Raquette Lake" Watercolor 16" x 20" by M. E. Whitehill was on view at Howland Center in Beacon , NY from October 1 through 21,2005.
Exhibit of works by New York Plein Air Painters.
Shawn Dell Joyce
Daisy Du Puthod
Kern Williams Edelmann
Alix Travis Hallman
Mary E. Whitehill
visit www.howlandculturalcenter.orgThe Howland Cultural Center for information on upcoming shows. Visit The New York Plein Air Painters for more images.
Spontaneous works of art
By Amy Winn, Poughkeepsie Journal
The archetype of an artist painting out on the street or in a park, palette and brush in hand, warily noting the light and scrutinizing the subject — it’s so simple and old-fashioned.
Yet, in our age of instant gratification, the idea of a piece of art being created in a single afternoon just couldn’t be more modern.
Painting in the plein air style means working outdoors, quickly capturing a scene’s complex — and fleeting — light, color and mood.
Through Oct. 21, plein air painters from around the state will be showcased at an invitational show that opens Saturday at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon.
‘‘We’re very excited. It’s going to be a beautiful show. It’s all realistic outdoor paintings. The scenes are beautiful, a wide range of Mother Earth and everything else,’’ said Florence Northcutt, president of the Howland Center board.
Visitors to the show can expect to recognize many scenes. All the artists featured are members of the New York Plein Air Painters group, and they live and work in the state.
Subjects will range from Niagara Falls to the streets of New York City, and much in between. The Hudson River Valley will also be strongly represented.
Nationally recognized artist Shawn Dell Joyce lives in Montgomery, Orange County.
‘‘My plein air philosophy stems from a deep love of the Hudson River region and a compelling need to preserve what open spaces remain,’’ she said via e-mail.
Joyce is inspired in part by a famed group of painters in the 19th century, who romantically portrayed our then-entirely-rural valley.
‘‘When I paint in plein air, I feel that I am walking in the footsteps of the Hudson River School and others who have been drawn to the rich splendor of the region for centuries,’’ Joyce said.
‘‘Plein air paintings have a fresh spontaneous appeal to a viewer, because they are done so quickly,’’ said Ted Beardsley, a founder of the New York Plein Air Painters. ‘‘They are not like studio works where you spend three weeks on a painting — in most cases, they will paint a piece in an hour or three hours, sometimes all at one time. So it’s more alive.’’
For artist and Hopewell Junction resident Daisy du Puthod, plein air is her favorite method of painting.
‘‘There is an immediacy and sensitivity from painting from life that you don’t get when painting from a photo,’’ she said in an e-mail response.
Du Puthod chooses to live and work in Dutchess County because ‘‘the Hudson Valley has wonderful scenery to paint — the river, the historic sites, farms, barns and orchards, rolling hills, fall colors and spring blooms.”