Painting outdoors anytime of the year always makes for great compositions. I plan to make a few sketches and drawings probably this weekend.
It began with the French Impressionists. They wanted to be able to capture the moment as it came and so they created the portable painting box, and thus painting outdoors was feasible.
I think any great artist who paints knows that drawing from life beats painting from a picture any day. Never mind that you can totally tell when someone does paints from a picture. I give some graces to those who do paint only from pictures as not everyone has a forest outside their doors. However, it is I think (or should be) mandatory for an artist to take from real life.
It’s difficult because the colour shifts before your eyes and you cannot tell sometimes if it is light that is shining down or if it is the actual colour of the thing you are trying to paint.
As everyone knows, or mostly everyone, painting is all about light. There is no painting without light. And if there is, it’s not a real painting. Jk. But in all seriousness, a good painting has a certain amount of light percentage with a certain amount of dark. En plein air provides that ability.