En plein air (French pronunciation: [ɑ̃ plɛn‿ɛʁ]) 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.
I took my painting students to the Park McCullough House in North Bennington, Vermont for an evening of painting outdoors. We painted the retreating light as it bounced off flower gardens, carriage barns, and fields of white horses.
It was good to unplug ourselves from the business of daily life, and soak in the surroundings of this beautiful property. This was a day to be treasured.