Artists have long painted outdoors, but in the mid-1800s working in natural light became particularly important to the Barbizon school and Impressionism. The popularity of painting en plein air increased with introduction in the 1870s of paints in tubes (resembling modern toothpaste tubes). Previously, each painter made their own paints by grinding and mixing dry pigment powders with linseed oil. The Newlyn School in England is considered another major location of such painting in the latter 19th century."
I hope to see you here, at the Hawthorne Hotel, in the Kensington-Stobart Gallery. If you happen to see the woman at the desk while you are here, her name is Sandy Heaphy and she is the manager of the gallery. Be sure to tell her you saw her on our blog.