Tuesday, September 15, 2009

State of Relaxation

State of relaxation was the title I gave to this painting while plien air painting on Little Travers Bay in Michigan. This sail boat was painted in plien air on a day that the rain was off and on all day long.

Me at my box or plien air easel.

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 Impressionism. The popularity of painting en plein air increased in the 1870s with the introduction 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.
It was during this period that the "Box Easel", typically known as the French Box Easel, was invented. It is uncertain who developed it first, but these highly portable easels, with telescopic legs and built-in paint box and palette, made treks into the forest and up the hillsides less onerous. Still made today, they remain a popular choice even for home use since they fold up to the size of a brief case and thus are easy to store

State of Relaxation
State of Relaxation, painting by Delilah Smith

About This Painting:
State of Relaxation
oil on canvas mounted on hardboard

Media: oil
Size: 6 in X 8 in (15.2 cm X 20.3 cm)
Price: $100 USD

How to Purchase:

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Price: $100 USD plus $5 USD s/h
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Delilah Smith,MIchigan, USA

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