As of late, plein air painting has a great following. When I was in my early teens I did a pencil drawing of the lake and mountains in our back yard. Little did I know that I was producing my first plein air drawing. There are currently so many very talented and successful plein air painters that compete in all the paint outs. My friend, who is a plein air painter, has recently invited me to join her for the season and I readily accepted. We have gone about five times now, and I am enjoying the challenge.....wind, sun, flies, fleeting light, umbrellas into the pond and all. I find it similar to figure painting from a live model....minus the wind, sun, flies, fleeting light, and umbrellas into the pond.