Plein air France

Plein Air France: from 1990-1998 I did 7 years of painting in France covering the Bourgogne, Loire Valley, Seine, Monet Garden and Brittany France

These original oil paintings on canvas was painted on location in Brittany.   I focused on the coastals, beach and surf and storm paintings all looking for the design elements for the subject. Kids were everywhere so I just returned when they were about and added to the scene. Original href="">Contact the Artist

About the Storm Paintings:

Painting storm paintings and surf pieces have been one of my favorite subjects, because I believe the ocean is its most beautiful just before and just after storms have passed through.  Colors are intense and the range of wind and wave action create fabulous effects.  Here is a video portion of my talk in the Smithsonian American Art Museum on the painting No Contest seen above.  I have saved this piece is part of my private collection.

Of Sea and Surf en Plein Air, Storm Paintings by Deborah Chapin
Smithsonian American Art Museum Talk by Deborah Chapin


About the Brittany Beach Paintings:

I painted 7 years in France from 1991-1998 5 of those included projects painted in Brittany France. I had continuous showings of these works each year as well as work from other locations in France during this period. I loved the Brittany coast and in particular the rugged surf and coastal pieces but also the tranquil nature of peace and rest associated with the beach. In painting over 150 original oil paintings which included abstract marines, coastals, harbor scenes, sandy beach paintings I also painted a significant number of scenes with people, houses and local life.

About the Artist: My Online Studio is an extension of my studio. When you enter you are entering my studio but without the housekeeping. I offer fine art in original oil paintings on linen and also canvas prints of favorite original pieces. Most of my originals in the past 20 years have been painted en plein air ( on location) I have lectured and made film presentation at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, exhibited at the Louvre, and museums through out the world See my Exhibition History
The next 30 years I expect to be doing a combination of unusual water portrait work and collector’s favorite, my beach scenes with people. If you have questions feel free to ask.
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Exhibition History ~ Deborah Chapin

Au Soleil, In the Sun 18x24 plein air oil from the private collection of the Artist

Plein Air France

By Deborah Chapin | Jul 16, 2019
Abstract Marine Original Paintings: Les Vagues, 21x34, plein air oil by Deborah Chapin

Les Vagues (the waves)-abstract marine art- waterscape- Deborah Chapin

By Deborah Chapin | Jun 6, 2019

This abstract marine art painting was painted on location is a large plein air oil.   The subject is a large abstract marine art or waterscape.   A short video was filmed while I was painting in Brittany doing this 21×34 oil painting on linen canvas.

Abstract Marine, Original Oil Paintings Archives. vagues contra les roches, abstract marine, Deborah Chapin

Abstract Marine Painting, Vagues contra les Roches, Chapin

By Deborah Chapin | Apr 3, 2019

Vagues contra les Roches (Wave Against the Rocks) is a pure abstract marine plein air painting, painted on location (plein air) in Brittany France.  I did over 50 paintings in this particular section of the coast line.   Pieces ranged from small to large over a period of five years in France.   Among other coastal pieces,…

Plein air oil painting, Deborah Chapin, After the Storm 21x34 oil

Plein air oil painting, After the Storm, Brittany, by Deborah Chapin

By Deborah Chapin | Apr 3, 2019

SOLD writeup SOLD After the Storm, is a 21×34, plein air oil painting by Deborah Chapin, painted on the Brittany Coast.   The tide went out miles in this harbor leaving mud flat, hills and rivers the kids used to enjoy the shallow end of the pools while the tide was out just as they have…

Discoveries on the Beach Paintings on Canvas, 21x34 plein air oil Deborah Chapin

Original Oil Paintings on Canvas, Discoveries on the Beach, 21×34

By Deborah Chapin | Apr 3, 2019

writeup The original oil paintings on canvas was painted on location in Brittany.  I focused on the fresh water run offs in my beach painting that was the design elements for the subject.  Kids were everywhere so I just returned when they were about and added to the scene.  This piece was exhibited in a…

Private Collection, Sold Original Oil Paintings Archives. Morning Mist, 12x16 plein air oil, Brittany series, Deborah Chapin. Exhibited at National Arts Club

Oil Painting Demonstration Videos, Surf Deborah Chapin Gallery

By Deborah Chapin | Jun 4, 2015

video on plein air painting This piece was filmed in execution, a curious nordic type stood on one of the rocks behind me the entire time was painting this in 40 degree weather, and he’d been swimming… I’m wearing wool hats and windbreakers over sweaters and he’s standing there in his swimsuit and cap. Just…

Meanders of the Sea, painted on location, Brittany France, Deborah Chapin

Meanders of Sea 1, coastal painting, art, painting on location

By Deborah Chapin | May 18, 2014

writeup Meanders of Sea 1, coastal painting, art, painting on location A Coastal Painting , Meanders of the Sea 1 is a 20×30 plein air oil, painted in Brittany.  This piece is part of a series of oil paintings on the meanderings of the tide coming in on the mud flats very early morning from one particular spot.…