Plein air painting comes from a French term meaning to paint out in the open air. I usually don't go for realism when I am painting a plein air. I feel it is practice to strengthen my eye at seeing things and trying to capture the essence of subjects and landscapes. I do enjoy experimenting a lot with my paints when I am painting in the field and seem to develop new techniques along the way. Painting in Plein air form really gives me a sense of the surroundings I am at when painting. Then when I return home to work on studio pieces I feel that I can really paint a sense of time and place.