On Sunday morn during the reprieve from our cheerful labors here at Open Salon, M. Chariot packed his tiny wooden easel and a selection of aquarelles, and then Metro'd a la plage for a bit of plein air — a style of painting developed in France in the mid-19th century, characterized chiefly by the representation of the luminous effects of natural light and atmosphere.
This exercise served as poetic counterpoint to the dismal artificial light, absence of the sense of air and complete lack of atmosphere associated with the Monsieur's domicile très petit. Debarking from That Roaring Appliance at The Pacific Coast Highway, l'artiste gaily traversed acrost the boulevard to Palisades Park, where this view was effectuated:
Le Parc Palisades by Monsieur Chariot
From there, my little implements were meticulously recollected and transported to The Santa Monica Pier, to realize this view of the blust'ry Seaside Fair:
La Grande Roue by Monsieur Chariot
Bedevilled by sporting little rascals tossing popcorn onto my top hat, I reassembled my artistic dignity in a quieter locale, resulting in this view off Venice Beach:
Les Six Palmiers by Monsieur Chariot
Well then! I pray you be not too critical of this petite exposition par la mer! All the best for a luminous week to the dauntless participants on our grand escritorial endeavor!
Tout pour l'Art,