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Plein Air Artist

Plein Air Art by John Larner

John Larner's style of painting--plein air--is done outdoors and is an impressionist view of the world and environment. will help you discover more about Mr. Larner and his style and see many of his paintings online. You can read more about John Larner, see how to contact him, and enjoy a peek in the galleries. Thanks for visiting!


Plein air painting from life is a pursuit unlike any other painting technique. Founded during the 19th century as a way of painting the outdoors realistically, the genre includes artists as Pissarro, Monet, Manet and Renoir--all of whom made this type of painting classical.


"Working outside brings a new feel to my paintings," John says. "It brings the weather and all the eco-life into the picture."


Plein air challenges artists to concentrate every sensory nerve on the information in front of them. They absorb it all, from sight to sound, from temperature to atmosphere, and channel those feelings from head to hand, recreating the vision in paints on paper or canvas. They paint their own unique views of what they see. Whether it be an old barn covered with dead vines that made it through the Civil War or a new bridge being built over an old road crossing.


Larner focuses much of his attention on such landscapes and homesteads, and has a special passion for seascapes. His Florida home and studio is surrounded with nature and his impressionistic view of many familiar landmarks of the region. Falling Creek Falls and the Suwannee River are favorite subjects, and his representations of Steinhatchee Falls and the Emerald Coast are true delights with his vivid use of colors and exceptional attention to detail.


"My original inspiration is from the American plein air artist, Robert Wood, along with the French Impressionists," he says. "I also get much satisfaction from the idea of people having the opportunity to see and purchase original art work, instead of prints and copies." And more: "I paint plein air to get people to stop and look, to appreciate our fast-declining environment and to inspire them to help prevent its destruction."


Enjoy your visit, and return soon to see many new additions to the gallery.


"Beauty in Art is truth bathed in an impression received from nature."

-- Carot




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