the art and times of a plein air painter



The art and related matters, RGS

The Artwork

Pleins to Peru

Pleins to Peru, and back again. Join me as I hike the historic Inca Trail, capturing the landscape as I go.

Blue Ridge

This Fall Plein Air Event in September offers four days of art and adventure in the North Georgia Mountains is in conjunction with the 13th Annual International Worldwide Artist Paint Out. Greg will be teaching a 3 day outdoor painting workshop and judging the plein air event. For more info click

Painting Workshops

May- Lake of the Ozarks, Camdenton, MO Aug- Country Village, Mumford, NY Aug- Tennessee Valley, Murfreesboro, TN Sep- Blue Ridge Mountain Plein Air, Blue Ridge, GA Sep- Escalante Canyon Plein Air, Escalante, UT Oct- Saugatuck/Douglas, MI

Moving On

Through adversity we paint, and in it sometimes comes our best comes forward. This is a painting from the “Chase County Plein Air Festival.” I had passed this scene at different times of day, and decided on an early morning try. Up well before the sun, I had to guess on where my bovine subjects were. Not so easy, I was asked to “move on” by a rancher, then the cows moved on, and in came a skunk, and I politely urged her to “move on”. But as plein air artists we do our best and go on from there.

Always something

The life of an artist is a bit different than many, the life of a plein air artist is stranger still. A little looser, and you can't let things get to you.

the MVIS

The Missouri Valley Impressionist Society.Summers painting on location at Indian Cave State Park, with fellow MVIS founders Jeff Sparks and Rachel Mindrup. (not shown, Brent Seevers) Here some of the ideas on creating a group for representational artists, to help grow, and build impressionistic art in the upper Midwest were formed. (Loosely, mostly we painted )

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“I am inspired by creation. I am driven by the experience. 

“I paint the land that I claim to be a part of. It is not to replicate the scene before me, more to bring back a piece of what took me there in the first place.”

R. Gregory Summers AIS/OPS



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