“Missouri Prairies en Plein Air”
“Missouri Prairies en Plein Air” was a solo exhibit at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art from November 20, 2015 thru January 10, 2016. It contained 128 paintings documenting Missouri’s prairies throughout all four seasons, various times of day and night, in a variety of weather conditions, along with images of controlled prairie burns, close-up intimate scenes, and vast views, all completed 100% en plein air. When imagining a prairie, the scene that materializes in many minds is a vast open space that consists of sky and horizon. My goal was to capture on canvas the far more diverse range of settings and beauty our prairies possess beyond that simple horizon line.
Plein Air Magazine's Artist Profile Article
Limits That Open Possibilities by Stephen Doherty
Missouri artist M. Shawn Cornell often imposes parameters on where and what he will paint in order to force himself to look more carefully and think creatively about his plein air paintings.
“Setting boundaries has always motivated me to work harder and more creatively,” says M. Shawn Cornell. “For example, I never work on my plein air paintings once I’ve left a location and removed myself from all the sensory aspects of the landscape. And I often commit to exploring a narrowly defined location so I really have to know it well and search for paintable material I might have overlooked. All that makes the process more challenging, and I believe it has helped my paintings get progressively better because I avoided the...