Plein Air painters capture the outdoors

Raines has been painting professionally for over 30 years, and has spent a great deal of that time in the Adirondacks, where he often collaborates with the Nature Conservancy to bring realistic ecological background into his many plein air paintings.

Plein air painting has roots in 19th century realism, said Raines, and it has nearly as long a history in the visual art traditions of this region.

"Winslow Homer spent a great deal of time in the Adirondacks," explained Raines. "He was one of the first people to go in and make drawings at the scene."

Raines said he hopes participants in the workshop get a taste of "the experience of spending several hours in one place and really looking at it."

"Essentially what painters do is we tell a story," explained Raines, noting how plein air painters must often work with an ever-changing scene. "The story could simply be a merganser swimming across the lake."

Rubino said the workshop will cater to both beginner and intermediate painters, and that those looking to continue the hobby may have the opportunity to take additional classes with Raines.

The cost for the workshop is $45, which includes materials. Proceeds will benefit ACNA. To register, call 962-8778 or e-mail info@artsnorth.org.

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