‘En Plein Air’

Plein air outings 2022.(dates to be confirmed near outings, dependant on forecast /nature)

Some suggestions, please contact Jean Perrett with any ideas.

e mail perrettjean@btinternet.com


May  Wednesday 18th 9.30- 12.30 Caen Hill Community Farm

Paint donkeys, ducks, chickens, pigs, sheep, goats even an emu! Shelter in barns, refreshments and toilets available.

I will bring spare easels and boards so give it a try.

Directions- turn very sharp left after Whistley turning on Caen Hill, SN10 5TF Parking on left just before farm gate.

July -The Gallops

September - Stooks for thatching

October  Calne Motor Museum

November - Boston Down Aviation Collection.


Plein air outing to Boscombe Down Aviation Collection in October.

During the summer the Society has been telling the people of Devizes about us, with a stall in the Market Place every other Thursday morning.  There has been considerable interest.

August 2021 took us to Marden to paint the stooks in a field after the harvest :


En Plein Air painting session at Drew's Pond, Green Lane, Devizes - here are some images from the day :

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What is plein air painting?

En plein air is a French expression that simply means “in the open air.” It is used by artists to describe the art of outdoor painting, capturing landscapes and views in natural light. This kind of art has been a popular practice for centuries, and requires  slightly different techniques to those used when painting in a studio.

Of course your equipment (easel if you use one, stool, palette, brushes, and paints etc) need to be easily transportable, and the elements have to be coped with - rain can spoil (or sometimes enhance!) a watercolour painting, wind can blow your painting off the easel !

Each year we run a selection of Plein Air sessions around Devizes. Don't be afraid to come along - we're all amateurs !

Some photos below :



Painting at Devizes Wharf - September 2020 (defying COVID restrictions !)

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Plein Air Wharf Sept 2020 4
Plein Air Wharf Sept 2020 3
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Plein Air Wharf Sept 2020 1