The Hippo

HOME| ADVERTISING| CONTACT US|

 
Sep 23, 2018







NEWS & FEATURES

POLITICAL

FOOD & DRINK

ARTS

MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

POP CULTURE



BEST OF
CLASSIFIEDS
ADVERTISING
CONTACT US
PAST ISSUES
ABOUT US
MOBILE UPDATES
LIST MY CALENDAR ITEM


Jessica Fligg paints en plein air. Courtesy photo.




 “Impressions En Plein Air” 

When: On view now through June. Viewing hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays when a gallery attendant is onsite.  
Where: The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, 49 S. Main St., Concord 
Visit: jessica-fligg-artist.weebly.com 




Out in the open
Plein air painter exhibits in Concord

05/31/18



 By Angie Sykeny 

asykeny@hippopress.com
 
As a plein air painter, Jessica L. Fligg of Ashland has learned to expect the unexpected, especially after the time a seagull almost flew off with some of her paintbrushes. 
“All kinds of things can happen when you’re outside painting on the spot. You have to be prepared,” she said, “but that’s my favorite thing about it. Every day is something different. It’s an adventure-filled life.” 
Fligg has a solo exhibition, “Impressions En Plein Air,” on display now through June at the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, through the New Hampshire Art Association, of which she is a member. It features 21 works, including oil paintings done plein air, and a few shadowbox-style mixed-media pieces that incorporate sticks, twigs and various found objects collected during her travels. 
Fligg paints throughout the year, striving to complete at least one painting per week, even if that means setting up underneath a big beach umbrella so that she can paint in the snow. 
She has painted scenes from all over New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, ranging from mountainscapes, forestscapes and seascapes to more focused subjects like a particular tree, building or other landmark. 
“A lot of it depends on the lighting and colors. I may have an idea of what I want to paint, but if the lighting isn’t right I’ll go until I find something else that strikes me,” Fligg said. “The hardest time is in the early spring while the snow is diminishing, before we get any foliage, because everything is dull and there isn’t a lot of color. Once you get into the spring greens like we have now, you just have to get out and paint.” 
Sometimes Fligg uses local hiking maps and hiking literature to scope out new locations to paint. Other times she returns to familiar places where she has hiked or painted before. 
“I’ll go back at a different season or time of year, just to see how it has changed and how the views are different,” she said. “The views are never the same.”  
In addition to her plein air painting, Fligg writes and illustrates children’s books. She currently has six that she has self-published, including Susie’s Painting Adventure!, an interactive story that teaches children about primary colors and basic color mixing; Oscar Goes to the Ocean!, a story inspired by Fligg’s rescue dog, Oscar, who loves to go to the ocean and explore; and Click-A-Tee-Clack The Train Goes Down the Track, a story about taking a scenic train ride in the Northeast. 
When she isn’t painting or working on her books, Fligg teaches private and group art lessons and workshops for plein air and studio oil painting and watercolor. 
She’s currently refurbishing a vintage camper to turn into a mobile art studio, which she plans to take on organized and independent plein air trips. Her goal is to travel outside of New England and paint scenes all over the country. 
“There are so many national parks — too many to choose from — and they all have something different to offer,” she said. “I’d love to take some longer trips, maybe get out west, and paint some of the other landscapes our country has.” 
 





®2018 Hippo Press. site by wedu