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Parting Shot: Was That a Zebra?

The Southern California offshoot of the Salmagundi Club recently painted at the Pillsbury Ranch, the home of exotic animal expert Jan Embery and her husband.

OPPORTUNITY: Carmel in May

The deadline to apply for the Carmel Art Festival in California is fast approaching.

Short Stories and Night Scenes

Linden Frederick is planning a solo show in 2017 that incorporates short stories written by noted authors to accompany his plein air and plein air-inspired paintings, at Forum Gallery in New York City.

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Why This Works: Composing in a Square Format

In this series, plein air painter and instructor Jeanne Mackenzie takes a look at new paintings by contemporary artists and points out why they succeed as painted images. This week, Clark Mitchell’s “Passing Storm.”

Watercolor Weather and the Sea

Listen to another plein air war story, this one from the English coast, courtesy of Lynne Chapman.

Are You Good at Critiquing?

Terry Stanley, an artist and art industry veteran who launched the Jack Richeson School of Art and marketed its art materials before recently retiring, offers what she has learned about the art of the critique in this special feature.

Plein Airplanes

Phil Sandusky is well known for his cityscapes and impressionist landscapes, but he recently found himself at the Lakefront Airport in New Orleans painting planes with two likeminded artists. What’s the appeal of planes en plein air?

PleinAir Podcast: Episode 31 – Roos Schuring On Dedication and Evolution

In this episode of the PleinAir Podcast, Publisher Eric Rhoads has a fascinating chat with international artist Roos Schuring from Holland, who will be a key faculty member during PleinAir Magazine's annual Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) in 2017. Among the topics discussed include plein air painting in Europe, evolving your art marketing techniques, and dedicating yourself to a series. A fantastic episode!

Parting Shot: Didn’t Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blowin’

They’d never seen a train on those tracks, so these Portland painters went for it.

OPPORTUNITY: Grand Canyon Celebration of Art in September

Participating artists rave about this event. Make plans now to be part of the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art in Arizona in September.
Canadian Deborah Tilby thinks entering the PleinAir Salon is smart business sense. Why?

Why This Works: Careful Drawing, With a Twist

In this series, plein air painter and instructor Jeanne Mackenzie takes a look at new paintings by contemporary artists and points out why they succeed as painted images. This week, Dan Graziano’s “Autumn in the Village.”

How Artists Can Reduce Frustration While Painting

The art of painting is a head game. It requires a distraction-free environment that allows you to get into the painting zone where things are going smoothly — distractions are the enemy. So what can an artist do to set him- or herself up for success?

Supermoon Draws Out the Artists

Many parts of the country had a clear night for the supermoon that shone on November 14. Plein air painters responded. Hey, it’s another excuse to get together and paint nocturnes. Here are some reports from a few artists.
Rich Gallego knew that fall colors would be good in Los Angeles County — for someone who knew where to look. Here’s what he found.

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