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A New Way of Seeing and Painting (For Studio and Plein Air Applications)

A recent address delivered to one of my painting classes:

What Do Tertiary, Monochromatic, and Analogous Have in Common?

Because I’ve been painting so long, I use color intuitively. I just “feel” my color. I choose colors automatically and know which ones harmonize or contrast with each other depending on the effect I want. I have long since stored by paint-splattered color wheel deep in a drawer in my studio, ignoring the wealth of information hidden within it. I’m sure I learned all there was to know about color in high school or college, so what is the point?

EXHIBITION: Plein Air Plus in September

Residents and visitors alike to Long Beach Island, New Jersey, can expect to see more than a few painters at some of the more picturesque parts of the island during the month of August as many prepare for a large September plein air exhibition.

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Is Plein Air Coming to a State Fair Near You?

As the movement grows, it certainly could be as evidenced by the Wisconsin State Fair, which added this event in 2017.

A Neighborhood Named Plein Air

No Joke! If you’ve ever wondered how big the plein air movement is getting, just take a look at this quaint southern neighborhood, which gives living and breathing plein air to a whole new level.

Schaller’s Salon Selections

Did you or your friends win? The recent winners of the PleinAir Salon, selected by world-renowned watercolorist Thomas W. Schaller, have been revealed! Find out here who took home awards and is in the running for the $15,000 Grand Prize.
Now in its fourth year, the Montague International Plein Air Art Festival enjoyed huge success in June 2017 with a record-breaking 44 participating artists and over $2000 worth of prize money. Who caught the eye of judge Brian Lorimer?

How Do You ‘#PaintItForward’?

Outdoor painting is so much more than a creative outlet—it’s a way to connect with nature, form lifelong relationships, and expose passers-by to an exciting cultural phenomenon. Discover how one ascending watercolorist is using his talents to give back to the community he captures in so many beautiful ways.

Is Plein Air in Moonlight Possible?

Moonlight has fascinated artists for centuries. Writers have composed about its romance, artists have painted its mystery, musicians and composers have been moved to produce beautiful passages that evoke those ideas. But while moonlight has been depicted by many painters, it was often done from memory — out of necessity, because it’s hard to see and paint in the dark.

OPPORTUNITY: Rich Gallego Workshop

The California City Arts Commission is very excited to be hosting accomplished plein air painter Rich Gallego for an in-depth workshop on August 19 from noon to 3 p.m.
More than 40 artists recently spent a week painting outdoors around Alameda Island in California, culminating in a luminous exhibition at Alameda en Plein Air Gallery in the Frank Bette Center for the Arts. When does it open, and who’s included?

The Band of Brushes

The Band of Brushes is a group of artists who paint outdoors together along the beautiful shores of New Hampshire. Later this month, the group will present a great selection of their works here.

Door County Adventures

Several artists of the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society embarked on their own adventure while in attendance at the Door County Plein Air Festival two weekends ago. What they found was extraordinary and beautiful.

Plein Air Force in Action

“May the ‘Plein Air Force’ be with you!” says accomplished pastel painter Susan Nicholas Gephart, who recently handed out some custom awards to the next generation of outdoor painters.
Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery has just put out a call for artists to submit their work for an upcoming four-week exhibition titled “Passionate Color,” to be shown in Portland, Maine, in October. Specs and details here!

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