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Maddine Insalaco
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  • Buonconvento Tuscany
  • Italy
  • Buonconvento, Italy
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Buonconvento, Italy
plein air means painting in:
open air, outside, natural light

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More from the Roman Campagna

Fellow painter and husband Joe Vinson and I just returned from our second trip to the Roman Campagna in a month. Once again between work appointments we got ample time to paint. Even though we have been visiting and working in this area for almost 10 years this was the first opportunity we had to paint in Castel S. Elia, another location on the Grand Tour of open air itineraries in…


Posted on August 1, 2010 at 10:45am

Painting the Itineraries of the Early Open Air Masters

Two weeks ago my painter husband Joe Vinson and I went to Civita Castellana to paint some of our favorite motifs of the early open air tradition. Before the introduction of the automobile and the construction of the highway system, Civita was a very well known destination. Located on an old Roman consular road, the Via Flaminia, all overland travellers came through the town to stay in one of its two postal stations on the way to and from Rome. Today, no one, including Italians…


Posted on June 24, 2010 at 6:24am — 2 Comments

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At 5:46pm on September 8, 2010, Charlotte Wharton said…
Artist Survey

Please help me in planning my workshop schedule for 2011. Could you take a few minutes and answer a survey that I have online? Your feedback will be extremely helpful.

BTW, should you ever want to do an online survey, I highly recommend SurveyMonkey.

Happy painting,


Charlotte Wharton Studio
Worcester, MA
At 12:40pm on July 18, 2011, Patrick T Daly said…

Hi Maddine and thanks,

Your work and acedemic insight into the history of plein air are very interesting.

I have a lot of work that was done in oil straight onto Sketchbook paper. For the reasons

you have stated - mainly portability, I still find it an easy way to work in the field. I'll just

have to look into mounting these works. If you have any tips ie. what type of glue should be

used  i'd appreciate it. In the meantime I think I might do some research on the net on these issues.



At 1:30pm on March 12, 2012, Debra Joyce Dawson said…

I have just come across this discussion and am interested to know what type of paper you are using? In traveling through and painting for weeks on end in India three times, I used unstretched primed canvas.

More recently in England and Italy, I used 8-ply archival matboard, with several coats of prime. I find that using the latter really soaks up the oil quickly and the paintings dry realtively quick.

My issue has always been that I love textue in my work and find myself changing the way I paint, somewhat, if I don't have the drying time or the storage for the paintings with more texture.

Thanks for sharing your story here of early plein air trail and artists. Interesting.

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