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Kelly Berg, Point Dume 7.16.20, ink on Clayboard, 6 x 6 inches - $600
Kelly Berg, Point Dume 7.16.20, Ink on Clayboard, 6 x 6" - $600



I have always been attracted to art that demonstrates a relationship between artist and place. Peter Alexander’s light and space, Carlos Almaraz’s Echo Park, car crashes and his murals for Cesar Chavez, and of course, Julius Shulman’s interpretation and dissemination of LA’s Modernist architecture are key examples of our place becoming part of what we are and what we create. Certainly, the classic manifestation of this artist/place relationship is the art historical tradition of plein air painting, taking the sketchpad or easel outdoors and working directly in the landscape amidst the constantly changing weather and light. The 19th century French painter Eugène Boudin said, “Everything that is painted directly and on the spot has always a strength, a power, a vivacity of touch which one cannot recover in the studio.” Enduring the current pandemic has been difficult for all of us, but many of my artist friends have found solace and inspiration by taking short trips to the beaches, mountains and deserts and working in the fresh air - some have even taken to the streets. Below is a collection of plein air work made during the pandemic and photographed with the depicted landscape in the background. The images represent a diverse range of artistic approaches and, when juxtaposed with the actual landscape, reveal the profoundly unique perspective each artist brings to the endeavor. These photographic documents also act as an immediate and fresh form of authentication, a visual evidence of the action or performance just completed. The making of plein air artwork is an observational dance between the artist and a living subject, much like a portrait sitting, and these photos bring us to the intimate culmination of that collaboration.

- Craig Krull


All of the artwork in this online exhibition is available for purchase.
For inquiries, please call 310-913-0749 or email at info@craigkrullgallery.com.





Kelly Berg, Point Dume 7.12.20, ink on Clayboard, 6 x 6 inches - $600
Kelly Berg, Point Dume 7.12.20, Ink on Clayboard, 6 x 6" - $600

“There is a unique energy encapsulated in the iconic rock formation and surrounding cliffs of Point Dume. A few years ago I discovered that the massive rock is actually an ancient volcanic cone. Given my passion for volcanos and tectonics, this new information inspired my Point Dume Drawings, created from life and in the moment.”

Kelly Berg, Point Dume 7.19.20, ink on Clayboard, 9 x 12 inches - $750
Kelly Berg, Point Dume 7.19.20, Ink on Clayboard, 9 x 12" - $750






Ann Lofquist, North Branch, Spring 2020, oil on panel, 7.5 x 17.5 inches - $2,500
Ann Lofquist, North Branch, Spring 2020, oil on panel, 7.5 x 17.5” - $2,500

“I remember feeling fortunate that I could return to nature and the solitude of plein-air painting during difficult times, and how the transformation of the New England landscape from winter to spring continued along its usual rhythms even as we were distracted by fear and uncertainty.”






Mike Vegas Dommermuth, Large rock and pine trees, 2020, pencil on paper, 9 x 12 inches - $600
Mike Vegas Dommermuth, Large rock and pine trees, 2020, pencil on paper, 9 x 12" - $600

“These are cartoon abstractions of the drama of nature, drawn while camping near Mount Whitney.”

Mike Vegas Dommermuth, Pine trees and boulders, 2020, pencil on paper, 9 x 12 inches - $600
Mike Vegas Dommermuth, Pine trees and boulders, 2020, pencil on paper, 9 x 12" - $600


Mike Vegas Dommermuth, Stump and four trees, 2020, pencil on paper, 9 x 12 inches - $600
Mike Vegas Dommermuth, Stump and four trees, 2020, pencil on paper, 9 x 12" - $600






Nicole Strasburg, Mountain Meadow Path, May 2020, gouache on Arches board, 2.25 x 8 inches - $425
Nicole Strasburg, Mountain Meadow Path, May 2020, gouache on Arches board, 2.25 x 8” - $425

“This is a favorite hike through the native grasses near Mt. Pinos. Surrounded by Jeffrey pines it is a view that I try to capture in all the seasons.”

Sage & Pines, June 2020, gouache on Arches board, 2.25 x 8 inches - $425
Nicole Strasburg, Sage & Pines, June 2020, gouache on Arches board, 2.25 x 8” - $425

“The dark bark of the Jeffrey pines against the summer sun drenched grasses and sage make for an irresistible composition.”






D.J. Hall, Looking south from haybarn, 7-23-20, gouache on paper, 5.5 x 3.5 inches - $950
D.J. Hall, Looking south from haybarn, 7-23-20, gouache on paper, 5.5 x 3.5” - $950

“The pandemic forced me to switch to remote teaching for the final half of the LMU spring semester, which allowed me to spend more time in Palm Desert, painting en plein air. Both the environment and this activity provide me with peace during difficult times.”

D.J. Hall, Our driveway looking south, 7-24-20, gouache on paper, 5.5 x 3.5 inches - $950
D.J. Hall, Our driveway looking south, 7-24-20, gouache on paper, 5.5 x 3.5” - $950






Marc Trujillo, 1pm April 13, 2020, oil on Dibond, 8 x 10 inches - $3,000
Marc Trujillo, 1pm April 13, 2020, oil on Dibond, 8 x 10” - $3,000

“Plein air is exciting to me partly because of the sense of urgency instilled into the process. The clock is ticking, the light is changing, and you are mortal and have to act. It’s a real test of your resources as a painter.”

Marc Trujillo, Coldwater Canyon May 2020, oil on Dibond, 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches - $3,000
Marc Trujillo, Coldwater Canyon May 2020, oil on Dibond, 3 1/2 x 5 1/2” - $3,000






Pam Posey, McGee Creek, 7/27/2020, watercolor and pen, 6 x 6 inches - $250
Pam Posey, McGee Creek, 7/27/2020, watercolor and pen, 6 x 6” - $250

“Hiking is moving through nature - everything is restive and transient - and drawing in nature, with the wind and clouds and changing light, is another way to move through space and it is this state of change that gives me peace in the time of the pandemic.”

Pam Posey, Peak Above McLeod Lake, 7/28/2020, watercolor and pencil, 6 x 6 inches - 250
Pam Posey, Peak Above McLeod Lake, 7/28/2020, watercolor and pencil, 6 x 6” - 250






Alex Schaefer, Broadway Afternoon: Downtown LA, 2020, oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches - $5,040
Alex Schaefer, Broadway Afternoon: Downtown LA, 2020, oil on canvas, 30 x 24” - $5,040

"I enjoy painting "en plein air" on the streets of Los Angeles and all over the world and I have felt doing it now during this lockdown, just like every other time, I am surrounded with love and human interest."

Alex Schaefer, Dusk at 7th and Broadway: Downtown LA, 2020, oil on canvas 36 x 24 inches - $6,050
Alex Schaefer, Dusk at 7th and Broadway: Downtown LA, 2020, oil on canvas 36 x 24” - $6,050