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PleinAir Stage Fright

A welcome wind was grazing my face on a blisteringly hot summer day as I began to scout out my perfect plein air spot for the day. Most importantly, however, it was away from everyone — in a spot so remote that there was no chance anyone would walk by.

Remembering Tommy

So beloved was Tommy Macaione to his chosen hometown of Santa Fe, New Mexico, that after his death in 1992 a bronze statue of him painting en plein air was erected in a downtown park. When was the last time you saw a bronze statue of a plein air painter? Maybe one exists in Giverny, the Fontainebleau Forest, or possibly the Laguna coast, but I have not heard tell of one. What made this artist so worthy of a statue?

Be Gentle, It’s My First Time

Do you remember how I mentioned a few weeks ago that I’ve been “eaten” by the plein air bug? Well, since my attendance at the Plein Air Convention & Expo in San Diego and with some sage advice from a good friend, I decided to give this plein air thing a try. How did it turn out?

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More Than a Commission

It was just last year that a woman from Georgia contacted painter Robert Hagberg with regard to possibly commissioning a painting. But it’s the story that unfolded after hat you’ll find especially interesting.

Three Important Skills Every Landscape Painter Needs

There are three divisions of learning that every landscape painter needs to master in order to paint well. What are they? Find out here.

Why This Works: Color Harmony, Cohesion Through Brushstrokes

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, Doug Gorrell’s “River Mist.”
The works of Loretto, Pennsylvania, native Ron Donoughe are the subjects of a major exhibition on the campus of Saint Francis University. Ever wonder what more than 30 years at the easel can produce? We have one answer here.

OPPORTUNITY: Tableau Vivant Returns at Tilbury

Models, costumes, lighting, and the works can be expensive endeavors for artists, which is why this upcoming event is worth every penny.

Los Gatos in June

Stunning views, sunshine, art, and wine. Sound like a good time? The artists and dates are set for the 9th edition of Los Gatos Plein Air this summer. All you need to know is one click away!

Burton Dives In, Little Girl Lives

In early April, California oil painter John Burton saved a life. This is not a metaphor.
It’s quickly becoming one of the most sought-after plein air events in the country. Some could argue it’s already there. Organizers of EnPleinAirTEXAS recently revealed their competition and invited artists for 2017. Who made the list?

The Winning Painting That Almost Didn’t Make It

2017 PleinAir Salon Grand Prize Winner Kathleen Hudson retells the remarkable story of how her winning painting was created in this exclusive video interview. The most shocking part? It almost never happened. How?

My Favorite Place to Paint: Peggy Immel and the Rio Grande

Created by presidential proclamation in March 2013, the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico features 10,000-foot mountains, high deserts, and a breathtaking gorge that — in some places — reaches a depth of 800 feet. Sound like plein air perfection? For Peggy Immel, it sure is.

Watercolor Works in Laguna Beach

The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) is overjoyed to have just opened a stellar exhibition dedicated to transparent watercolors. It’s in collaboration with the Joe Hanks Van Cleave Foundation for the Arts and CURATE Fine Art, and you won’t want to miss this!
Twenty-five nationally acclaimed plein air painters took part in the Winter Park Paint Out last month, with some record-breaking results. We’ve got them right here! Check it out!

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