Malone, NY, Aug 07, 2009 — It's high summer and artists across the region have been busy in the garden. Painting outdoors, or "plein air", is a time-honored tradition, particularly by artists who want to convey a sense of immediacy. They'll find a spot among flowers or along a stream, prop up an easel and paint just as they see it. Most works are competed within hours on the spot. Spontaneity is key. Bugs, rain and fleeting sunlight are challenges. Last August, Todd Moe visited a group of artists near Malone celebrating another season of creating art outdoors.