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Plein Air, Painting the American Landscape - Alaska Episodes

Matt Smith , Jean LeGassick , Greg Bombeck  |  G |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Matt Smith, Jean LeGassick, Kenn Backhaus
  • Directors: Greg Bombeck
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Bombeck Productions, LLC
  • DVD Release Date: August 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,859 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The first three episodes of Plein Air, Painting the American Landscape feature artists Matt Smith, Jean LeGassick, and Kenn Backhaus as they paint in Alaska. The trio paints Mt. McKinley on a rare, glorious September afternoon complete with a visit from a blonde grizzly. Next our three artists tackle the Tongass Rain Forest, renowned for towering old growth cedar, hanging moss and incessant rainfall, proving that it takes tenacity, good gear, and considerable know-how to paint in a rain forest. The last stop is beautiful Resurrection Bay, gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. With the towering Chugach Mountains as a backdrop, the artists paint in a derelict boatyard.

Historical perspective is provided through the Plein Air paintings created by George Brown while climbing Mt. McKinley as a member of the 1974 Bradford Washburn Mt. McKinley Expedition, and an introduction to Alaskan Plein Air artists and adventurers Eustace Ziegler, Ted Lambert and iconoclastic painter Sidney Laurence whose paintings from the early 1900s have come to epitomize the Alaskan landscape.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb March 24, 2008
I found these DVDs on Plein Air painting highly informative and kind of spiritually uplifting. The locations and the spontaneity of the artists painting on location show what painting out-of-doors is all about. The artists are experts and awesome to watch. I can recommend these DVDs wholeheartedly to anyone who wants an inside glimpse at a real art experience and loves nature. Contrary to another review, I think the producers showed restraint by not wasting natural resources on superfluous and expensive packaging.
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent, inspirational...but August 28, 2008
excellent and inspirational, but almost no plein air theory. It does make it look way fun, though!
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I enjoyed watching these artist doing there art and as always picked up a few tips along the way. Their kind of like mini work shops and a good buy at the price.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not much in the way of packaging December 18, 2007
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Potential buyers should note that the ONLY packaging that these DVDs come with is a single cardboard sleeve, no larger than it has to be to fit the disk. It seems to me that, for $25 dollars per disk they could at least package these in a standard DVD box with the name on the spine so that I could file them with the rest of my DVDs.
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