David Mayernik has been working en plein air in oil, in both Europe and the United States, for more than a decade and a half, constantly honing his skills at capturing form in light with bravura brushwork. The rigor of working truly en plein air—exclusively on site, within a roughly two-hour (or less) window of time—is both a discipline and an aspect of style. As the eighteenth-century master Valenciennes defined it, working out of doors demands working within a relatively short arc of time because of light conditions. But it also imparts boldness and liveliness to the artists' painting technique.
See his plein air works on paper here.
He blogs about outdoor painting in Italy at pleinairitaly
WORKING EN PLEIN AIR IN OIL
The value of creating resemblance is passing; it is that of the brush which causes us first to marvel, and then makes the work eternal.
--Denis Diderot, "Salon de 1763"
(Le merite de ressembler est passager; c'est celui du pinceau qui emerveille dans le moment et qui eternise l'ouvrage.)
While verisimilitude is an essential goal of all traditional painting, the quality of the act of painting, evident in the artist's brushstroke, was a hallmark of Old Master style and command of the medium (especially in the Venetian tradition). Working on a medium-toned ground was also a fundamental component of much seventeenth and eighteenth century Italian painting; the combination of brushstroke and ground yields a style that is at once lively and voluminous.
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