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Making Things Difficult for George Van Hook

Why would anyone want to make life difficult for the amiable and energetic plein air dynamo George Van Hook? The painters at the recent Lighthouse ArtCenter Plein Air Festival did last week.

My Favorite Place to Paint: Monika Johnson’s High Desert Meadow

Palette knife painter Monika Johnson loves to paint a spot near Lake Tahoe that offers plenty of depth and a sense of coziness.

AIS Goes Small

A new show for the American Impressionist Society got off to a rousing start in Costa Mesa, California, recently — the Small Works Showcase.

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Avoiding Arrest in St. Augustine

Artists will gather in St. Augustine, Florida, in April — some for civil disobedience, some for a plein air competition. On the minds of many will be the city ordinance that makes it illegal to paint in parts of the historic downtown.

Why This Works: Mountains as Sky Family

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, Lena Rivo’s “Arrabida Natural Park."

Spotlight on PACE Faculty: Sculptor Marsha Brook’s Dedication to Social Activism

Marsha Brook has enjoyed a successful career as a sculptor, and she has dedicated the rest of her career to sculpting portraits of people who work to improve society. She’ll discuss this during an exclusive demonstration at the Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) next month in San Diego.
Small studies and enormous studio paintings of the Arctic region painted by Cory Trepanier are the subject of a traveling show now on view at the Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum in Logan, Kansas.

OPPORTUNITY: Painting the Illinois Prairie in May

For the seventh year, the Village of Schaumburg is hosting the Prairie Plein Air Competition and Show in the spring, with cash prizes and captivating scenes beckoning to artists.

Parting Shot: Ice Painting! With a Burner!

Anders Andersson is not messing around. He hacks through ice, paints with freezing water, burns his paper with a propane torch, and chases it all down with Jack Daniel’s.

PleinAir Podcast: Episode 41 – Lynn Gertenbach’s Russian Secrets You Need to Adopt

In this episode of the PleinAir Podcast, Publisher Eric Rhoads interviews painter Lynn Gertenbach. A lover of outdoor painting and some figurative subjects, Gertenbach delves into her 15-year exploration of pastels and her lessons from studying at the Russian school. In this podcast, Rhoads and Gertenbach discuss at length the painter's techniques with color, value, and composition.
Chula Beauregard discovered an exhilarating aspect of her artist-in-residency at the Carpenter Ranch, located outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. It involved snow, her 7-year-old, sunshine, and more than 100 other people.

Irresistible Tales From a Plein Air Veteran

Newsletters from the Plein Air Painters of America are usually interesting, but the latest one caught our eye because of some tales from veteran plein air painter Skip Whitcomb.

What’s a Painter’s Response to a Plant

More than 70 artists, ranging from plein air painters to ceramicists, are working together to support the New Orleans Botanical Garden through the exhibition “RESPONSE: Artists in the Park.”

My Favorite Place to Paint: Julie Riker and What’s ‘So Darn Cute’

Julie Riker loves the beach, and has been going there for years. But when she goes, she doesn’t paint the beach — she paints the beach town and the marshes. Why?
Don’t take it from us — hear it from one of plein air painting’s stars. The Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) is the place to be in April.

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