Sitting with his paintbrush in one hand, Jeff Jones, was painting a garden scene during the Neosho Arts Council's annual Garden Party on May 6, at Rick Callis and Sue Ludicker's home on Oak Ridge Drive, Neosho.

Sitting with his paintbrush in one hand, Jeff Jones, was painting a garden scene during the Neosho Arts Council's annual Garden Party on May 6, at Rick Callis and Sue Ludicker's home on Oak Ridge Drive, Neosho.
Jones was doing plein air painting.
"Plein air is a French term for painting outdoors on the spot, all at once," he said. "I can't tell you when I started plein air, but I have been painting for some 30 years. But usually I was painting in the studio as opposed to just painting outdoors, scenery, but maybe about four or five years ago I really started painting in plein air."
Jones was painting with oil paints. Asked if oil paints dry faster than acrylic, Jones said, "no, it is slower, so that I have time to work with it, play with it, before it dries. I can move it around, scrape it off, all kinds of stuff, where acrylic out in this wind will dry really quick."
When asked why he picked this type of scenery, Jones said, "sometimes it is an choice, you just sit down and just start painting what is in front of you. Other times, I wanted to get some color in, but mostly, I like this shadow on the grass. I like the highlights and the shadow on the grass, so that is kind of what I have going. But the problem with plein air is the light changes, and you have to work quick. So that is what plein air painting is all about."
Plein air painting has become more and more prevalent in recent years among artists and painters.
"It is to get together in groups, use to you would get together and paint from models," Jones said. "But now we get together, we go to parks or different historic landmarks and paint together. Plus they have grown some contests in our area."
Jones said he enjoys painting.
"I just like painting, the same with my pottery," he noted. "I encourage anyone to do any type of art, because if you are a human being, you are a visual person. You think in images, so developing your ability to create those images is just learning how to better communicate with skills that you already have."
The garden party also included food, different types of Missouri wines music, a one-act dinner theatre and also Jones' painting was sold.