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Painting En Plein Air with Maria Josenhans

Local artist Maria Josenhans spoke with Opus about what painting en plein air does for her and her art. Watch and get inspired to go outside and see what the great outdoors can do for your work!

See more of Maria’s oil and encaustic work on her website: mariajosenhans.com and read the full exclusive article, En Plein Air with Maria Josenhans.

For more plein air inspiration, watch some of our other outdoor themed videos.
Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge 2012
Fearless Nature with Marilyn Hunt
Travel Easels at Opus
Murray Phillips: A Conversation with my Canvas
Working with Watermedia Outdoors
Painting with Golden OPEN Acrylics
Drawing from Inspiration

Special thanks to the Ferry Building Gallery. Maria’s paintings were part of the group show Recent Works that ran February 21 to March 11, 2012 and the gallery graciously allowed us to film Maria’s work for this video.

Interested in some of the materials seen in this video? Maria shared with us some of the products and supplies she uses:
Gamblin Artist’s Oils
Holbein Artists’ Oils
Gamblin Neo-Megilp
Gamblin Galkyd Medium
Brushes: daVinci, Holbein, Opus Fortissimo, Winsor & Newton
Metal Palette Knives
12 oz Duck Canvas and 10 oz Canvas
Stretcher Bars
Phoenix Canvas Panels
Golden Gesso
Art Arch Willow Charcoal Sticks - Soft Thin
Plastic Squeeze Bottles
Metal Palette Cups
Sumo Slim Canvas Frames
Opus Plein Air Frames
Front-loading Canvas Frames - Opus Custom DIY Framing


Awesome!! Thanks so much for the video and interview with this artist, Maria Josenhans, it was just wonderful. I hope I can make it to N. Van on Sat. April 7th for her demo.

BTW She has some lovely looking dogs as well :)

Thanks again, have a super day,


Thanks MarneyS, we're glad you enjoyed it!

Beautiful work. I'm looking to move from painting from photos to painting en plein air, so Maria's perception is inspiring for me. I wanted to ask Maria about her easel set up. At the moment I have an aluminium tripod easel, and a separate box for materials. Could someone tell me more about Marias? Is it a Mont Marte?


Hello Mel,

Sorry so long to reply...

My easel/box is made by Artwork Essentials in California. It is the Easyl Lite. It's sturdy and lite and great for 8x10 to 10x12 and can transport two wet panels. It can also accommodate larger panels for painting but not transporting.

The tripod is an aluminum one I've had for years made by Slik with a ball head, but a slightly heavier tripod would be best (I'm sometimes surprised mine does the job). It seems to work well because I generally do not paint at a high angle so the lower configuration keeps it steady. I also weight the tripod in strong wind.

I hope this was helpful!

Cheers, ~Maria

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