Artist Spotlight: Jess Ashton

Jess Ashton creates amazing and beautiful works with light and shadow.

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Find Jess at instagram.

Read more of the interview with Jess Ashton:

“Where do you make your works?
Smaller works are painted plein air. There is nothing like the rush of capturing the light out in the landscape. Larger works are made in the studio using my plein air paintings as reference.”


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What is plein air?

Plein air is a term derived from the French phrase en plein air, which literally means ‘in the open air’. It’s a familiar concept today, but in the late 1800s when the Impressionists ventured out of their studios into nature to investigate and capture the effects of sunlight and different times of days on a subject, it was quite revolutionary.

What and Where Do I Paint Plein Air?

Your subject matter is entirely up to you, but remember that you don’t have to paint everything you see; be selective, think about what the essence of the scene is.

Consider scouting out locations in advance to decide what you’re going to paint and where you would set up. This way when you head out to paint you can spend the whole day painting and take along the best selection of colors for that particular scene. Look right around, 360 degrees, so you don’t miss the possibilities ‘behind’ you. (more)