Talent, the unusual ingredient in much art today, is a defining quality in plein air painting. If it is missing - it is very obvious. No amount of colorful interesting devices will substitute. It shows!
Being a master of your medium is necessary to carry you through the plein air process of every painting once it has begun. But only talent results in beauty in this art form.
The clock starts ticking. An artist who is at one with their medium, their palette, their brushes and other tools forgets they even exist. They are extensions of the passion and activity of the plein air artist at work.
Just getting to a suitable site to plein air painting site requires hours of surveillance, hunting, thinking of the options of a situation, considering the weather.....it is much more an adventure than studio painting. And the artwork directly reflects the quality of these experiences.
Seeking the site can become an obsession with plein air artists. The freedom to travel, to do your favorite thing - painting, and to justify it, is totally addicting. An artist has to go to greater lengths to get there, so to speak. But the trip is so personally full-filling that even when it fails to produce a painting the artist finds acceptable for sale, it is satisfying. Plein air painting leaves the artist wishing there were more hours, more energy; pleasantly exhausted and satiated by the effort.