Painting en plein air

Sergei Rei, of Waldport, took advantage of a recent sunny day at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area in north Newport to create an oil painting of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. (Photo by Steve Card)

Artist captures Yaquina Head Lighthouse in oils

Waldport artist Sergei Rei took advantage of sunny January weather to do one of his favorite things — painting en plein air, or in layman’s terms, painting outdoors on location.

Rei, who is a self–taught artist, has been painting for about 30 years. He prefers to work en plein air because he believes it gives more depth to his work.

During his recent outing at Yaquina Head, Rei was painting with oils on a 12- by 16-inch canvas, which he says is his preferred size for this type of artistic endeavor. “If this (canvas) were much bigger, I couldn’t get it done in one day,” he said. That’s important, Rei added, because if he had to come back another time to complete his artwork, “then the weather changes and the light changes and everything the next day.”

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