Solomons Plein Air Festival is well known for its signature events. Artists from across the country join us for this open air painting extravaganza. What is plein air? Simply put, it is painting outdoors rather than in a studio. The term comes from the French 'en plein air', meaning 'in the open air'. The Impressionists were particularly interested in the influence of changing light and the effects of light on color when outdoors. Monet is a popular example of a plein air painter. Today, plein air painting is flourishing as its' own art form. Artists come together for “paint outs” and competitions to hone their skills. Landscape painters of all skill levels are finding that plein air painting is a rewarding and powerful experience.