Painting Landscapes en Plein Air

Brooke Walker-Knoblich plein air painting on American River


Painting outdoors demands something new of artists accustomed to a studio.

Working under the volatile conditions of fleeting light, wind, and inclement weather cultivates an immediacy, energy, and brevity of brushwork.

Landscapes created en plein air thus capture an impression. This is why the Impressionists of the 19th century were labeled as such and exemplified a dramatic shift from the polished realism created in controlled studio lighting.

painting in big sur

Painting landscapes en plein air is a kind of meditation: a chance to sit and observe, to  listen, to look, and to express the essence of the present.


Ecola Rocks

Inspired by the Pacific Northwest

Oregon’s latitude and moisture dense skies create a filter of  lavenders, greens, and blues in the landscape. The light refracts beautifully into pearlescent hues.

The weather here is volatile, but rarely extreme. There’s a dynamism that excites me with the challenge to work quickly but astutely, freely yet with intent.


Oregon Hills

Translating into Studio Work

Painting landscapes en plein air has deeply influenced what I now do in the studio. Working from photos, I must contend with the limitations of a static, flat image by reinvigorating the landscape with a loose handling of the brush.

Expressing the energy and mood of a landscape is paramount to accuracy.

Rockaway Vista

Thank you for your interest!

It is a pleasure to be able to share my artistic journey with you.  

I hope these paintings transport you on a virtual vacation and kindle a connection with the natural world. If so, I’d love to hear from you! 

Artfully yours,
Brooke Walker-Knoblich


See more original art available in my studio shop.



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