Iain Stewart

Iain Stewart: En Plein Air - Light & Color Softcover Book


Take your watercolor painting beyond the studio—learn how to effectively use color and light to capture mood, create atmosphere, and convey emotion on location.

Geared for beginning artists, En Plein Air: Light & Color introduces a variety of techniques for on-location watercolor painting.

Following a brief introduction to the basics of painting en plein air and an overview of the necessary tools and materials, you will learn how to choose a subject and paint a compelling outdoor composition using the subtleties of watercolor to create beautifully expressive subjects and themes.

Other important topics include perspective, rendering the background and foreground, capturing both urban and pastoral landscapes, mastering color to convey weather and time of day, and much more. From choosing just the right subject to awaiting the perfect time of day, let En Plein Air: Light & Color guide you in your artistic travels as you explore this daring and expressive medium.

Painting outdoors is a rewarding, peaceful experience full of joy, adventure, and persistence. Let the En Plein Air Series guide you in your artistic travels as you explore this daring and expressive method of painting, wherever you may be.

Iain Stewart is a watercolor artist and illustrator and a signature member of both the American and National Watercolor Societies. His work has received numerous awards in international competition and he is a sought-after juror and workshop instructor. He is also an architectural illustrator with an international clientele, a business he has run for the last 20 years. Iain maintains a studio in Opelika, Alabama.


  • Softcover: 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 8.55 x 0.85 x 10.95 inches