Kenneth Yarus, Richie Carter, Morgan Cawdrey, and Lauren Verardo discuss the origins of plein air painting, starting with the advent of oil paint in tubes during the Industrial Revolution through today. Many plein air artists posit that the only way to capture a true representation of a landscape scene is to paint it onsite. It is very difficult to reproduce a tone, or a haze, or a subtle color note from memory, and photos are a dangerously unreliable reproduction. Sometimes the only way to get the results you want is to brave the wind, rain, hail, and bugs of the outdoors and use your own eyes.
Carter begins a studio piece using a value study he completed earlier, exploring the subtle evening light pouring over a hill with cool aspens in the foreground.