JGallery Presents En Plein Air: The Art of Painting Outdoors
Left: Lady in Waiting by Amie Gonser; Right: Clouds Passing Over by Donna Crosby
By Susan Sternberg and Shelley Jaffe
The French Impressionists made En Plein Air painting into an art form. Their desire to paint the changing qualities of light using new transportable paint tubes and box easels allowed them to paint in the open air.
Four Austin area artists enjoy the experience of painting in the landscape. Alexis McCarthy, Jeannie Breeding, Donna Crosby and Amie Gonser present their work in "En Plein Air: The Art of Painting Outdoors," May 29 through July 15 in the JGallery.
McCarthy's paintings are inspired by her outings into the city, Hill Country and local gardens. Her compositions feature a balance of vibrant colors, shapes and rhythms. She uses water soluble oils, watercolor and pen and ink.
Breeding’s oil paintings are inspired by her love of the outdoors and travel. Her plein air work captures the energy of a moment, her connection to a place and sensations she feels when encountering a scene.
Crosby is a self-taught artist whose work documents her appreciation of a place and time. Her paintings are little notes of her life, small in scale, but large in impact with a unique perspective of nature.
Gonzer's paintings are visual journals, documenting places she selected intentionally or happened upon unexpectedly. Gonzer says that when she is painting, time seems to stand still as she captures the scene before the light moves on.
Please join the artists at the JGallery opening reception Wednesday, June 5, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., when they will comment on their art. Light refreshments will be served. ■
For more information about JGallery, visit www.shalomaustin.org/jgallery.