Plein Air Painting a Slice of Paradise in the Caribbean

After a long winter in my studio working with encaustic wax, it has felt great to plein air paint in the Caribbean this spring break.

This year I wanted to travel lightly beacause I knew my painting time would be limited on this family vacation. So, I brought my smallest pochade box, and also packed my favorite solvent free paints by Cobra Water Mixable Oils, and a handy 9 x 12 pad of Arches Oil Paper.

I have cut each sheet into quarters and have been painting mini 4×6 pieces. That way, I’ve been able to paint one quick little study almost every day.

I also love to take photographs along the way and post them to Instagram. But, nothing truly captures the emotions of a place like a plein air painting.

The plein air paintings below are my own little personal ‘slice of paradise’ that I will take home with me. When I return to the snow country, these studies will warm me up and make me smile. I will remember the warm tropical breeze, the vivid Caribbean colors, the perfumed air, and the soft sand between my toes while I painted.

“Plein air painting leaves an impression not only on canvas, but also in the soul.” ~Lori McNee

I hope to see some of you in Monterey, California next month at the Plein Air Convention by Plein Air Magazine! 

Plein Air Painting a Slice of Paradise in the Caribbean

Plein Air Painting a Slice of Paradise in the Caribbean

Plein Air Painting a Slice of Paradise in the Caribbean

2014-03-26T07:10:08+00:00 March 25th, 2014|Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General, Plein Air|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Connie Nobbe March 26, 2014 at 8:57 am

    This looks like Heaven! What a lovely way of recording your experience there on that beautiful beach! I am interested in knowing more about the Cobra paints, and why you prefer them over the other brands of oil mixable paints. 🙂 This looks like the perfect solution to traveling with oils.

  2. Jonathan Luczycki September 16, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Great paintings Lori! Love the water on the tree study. I’ll be painting in Saint Marteen in two weeks and am SO excited! I have never painted in that part of the globe and can’t wait to capture some turquoise waters. Hope you are well.
    Best,
    Jonny

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