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Plein Air: Artists around the country visit Douglas County to paint its natural beauty

Plein Air, which means "to paint outdoors," is the name of a live painting event happening at the Umpqua Valley Arts Association, September 15, 2016. (SBG/Ashley Force)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Artists from all over the country are in Douglas County to paint its natural beauty.

Plein Air, which means "to paint outdoors," is the name of a live painting event happening this week.

Plein Air is hosted by the Umpqua Valley Arts Association.

Thursday the artists captured the colors of several sites along the North Umpqua River.

"Painting outdoors is … definitely, there's something to it about being out in all of the elements, chasing the light, and really capturing something that seems so still but when you're really looking at it, it's moving all the time," UVAA gallery director Sandee McGee says.

Many of the artists say they have different painting techniques.

One from Eugene says you don't need to paint a detailed picture to tell a story.

"…mark making, notes of color, instead of really rendering something. I just kind of give you a hint, and then let you do all the heavy lifting brain wise," says Patti McNutt of Eugene.

The artists have been in Douglas County painting since Wednesday.

Their finished artwork will be displayed at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center this Saturday afternoon from 2-4 p.m.

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