As also the title of the exhibition is referring, here we are dealing with a classical open air painting (en plein air – in French in the open air), which emerged during the mid-19.century and was first taken to use by the Barbizon school. With this genre are in the first range traditionally connected careless attempts of a Sunday drawer or painting-related outings into the wild nature. For Tiina Tammetalu these open air studies and figural paintings are recordings of ideal summer days in the garden of her Haapsalu summer cottage and they are also a good possibility to keep the spirit and artist’s hand fresh.
For the artist, having been dealing for more than ten years only with groundstuff or the exploration and painting of the ground and soil, quick and spontaneous open air studies are a nice change. In literature and also other spheres is a common phenomenon that the author changes genres, in which to express herself, according to the creational needs. Also Tammetalu regards free movement between different mediums and genres completely natural and even necessary.
Differently from the previous art-related projects, the artist recommends not to try to look in this exhibition for deeply philosophical undertones – the depicted landscapes and figures are rather the result of emotional recording of a beautiful moment. Here the artist is painting air, light, impression and shimmer. While comparing with the previous “ground”- paintings has also taken place the change of the angle of watching. The glance has been lifted from the ground to the height of eyes as if imitating a film camera in order to record everything that fits into a shot. Change of the standpoint and object also leads to a different manner of painting: ponderous technique and deep colours have been replaced by light and airy brush work, visible canvas and light, sunny shades.
While looking at these colourful, bright paintings it is easy to imagine, how the artist is painting barefoot in midsummer in the shade of apple trees in the grass of her profuse garden. We can feel aristocratic hedonistic and light-minded mood, clear joy from the lightness of existence.