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Sally West

2 Foot SE – Beach Manly Mini Study 1 (11.9.18) – Plein Air

AUD $570

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MEDIUM: Oil on Oil Paper
SIZE: 13x23cm view in inches 5x9inches view in cm
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Original oil artwork painted by Sally West en plein air. Framed size (37x45cm), framed in a contemporary white wooden frame under glass.

Plein-Air (in the open air) refers to the practice of painting outdoors, in direct engagement with nature.

Many of the traditional Australian plein air paintings were referred to as “9 by 5s”, as they were often painted on compact and manageable 9inch x 5inch cigar box lids provided by Abrahams whose family imported cigars.

In an attempt to honour this fine Australian tradition, throughout the year Sally West has visited many beautiful locations to paint 9 by 5 artworks (23cm x 13cm, approx). The experience of painting en plein air really allows the artist to capture something more than just the landscape, including the light and atmosphere of the day into the work.

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