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Plein Air Paintings
This is Bob's 'En Plein Air' paintings gallery, the paintings you see here were painted on location in and around the area where he lives in Sefton on Merseyside with the exception of the FSC Preston Montford Hall Field Study Centre in Shrewsbury, Bob painted this as a demonstration piece for a group of students on a weekend painting workshop he was running at the centre which was organised by the 'Artists & Illustrators' magazine.
The plein air approach was pioneered by John Constable in Britain around 1813, but from about 1860 it became fundamental to impressionism. The popularity of painting en plein air increased in the 1870s with the introduction of paints in tubes (resembling modern toothpaste tubes).
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