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Plein air oils
Plein air painting means painting outdoors. The artist goes on location and makes a painting directly from nature. There is a practical pragmatic way of painting outdoors which Graham has taught for many years. He painted his first plein air painting in 1970. He studied with the great colorist Henry Hensche to gain insight into sunlight and how to depicted it to the limit of pigments. Hensche was a student of Charles Hawthorne who was a student of William Merritt Chase.
The original impressionists sought to diminish the importance of the object being painted and elevate the importance of the light falling on the scene.