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Parting Shot: Serious Fun at PACE

Participants at the PleinAir Convention & Expo (PACE), going on now in San Diego, are learning bunches and getting juiced by all the shared ideas and encouragement. But with Eric Rhoads in charge, one can count on there being plenty of fun, too.

Abundant Sunshine and Smiles in San Diego for #PACE17

Thousands of artists and plein air enthusiasts are living large in San Diego, California, this week for the 6th Annual PleinAir Convention & Expo, which opened with a spectacular celebration just a few nights ago.

My Favorite Place to Paint: Shelby Keefe and Rust as Eye Candy

Shelby Keefe's favorite place to paint is a hillside near Jerome, Arizona where vehicles go to rust. "There's enough painting fodder there for the rest of my life," she says.

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Why This Works: Connect Your Darks

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, Eileen Guernsey Brown's "A Winter's Day."

Get Some Sugar With Charlie Hunter in Vermont

Pennsylvania artist Beth Bathe made her third annual pilgrimage to Vermont in mid-March to catch Charlie Hunter enjoying the sugaring season and great camaraderie in the field. She agreed to tell about her experience painting the last gasp of winter for PleinAir Today.

EXHIBITION: Ron Donoughe’s Allegheny Mtns Paintings, in PA

Through June 10, the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, in Altoona, PA, is hosting "Labor and Landscape: 100 Paintings of the Allegheny Mountain Region by Ron Donoughe.
Thirty plein air painters will congregate in the Allegheny Mountains in October for the 5th Annual Bath County Plein Air Festival. To be one of them, prepare your application now.

PleinAir Podcast: Episode 45 – How Andy Evansen Avoids Heavy Detail

In this episode of the PleinAir Podcast, Publisher Eric Rhoads interviews Plein Air Painters of America President Andy Evansen. In addition to detailing his commercial illustration background, Evansen and Rhoads discuss how the artist avoids heavy detail in his painting and why watercolor fits his style best. Listen now!

Giant New Zealand Mosquitoes?

A travelogue about the recent Publisher’s Invitational Painters’ Trip to New Zealand, by Eric Rhoads of PleinAir Magazine   They say everything is big in Texas. Does...

Others Complain. Plein Air Painters Paint

A maliciously set fire under an overpass of Interstate 85 in Atlanta caused its collapse, snarling traffic for days and prompting the governor of Georgia to declare a state of emergency. Painters in town for the Olmsted Plein Air event responded by — what else — painting the scene.

Tulips for Two Weisses

Robin Weiss makes a point to paint the tulip festival in the Skagit Valley in Washington, and he also makes a point to paint with his son, Maury. This year he got to do both at the same time.

Why This Works: Not Every Branch, Twig, and Leaf

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, Kathryn A. McMahon’s “Beaverdams Pond.”

Homage? Humor? Artistic Statement? Yes.

Through a widely circulated online article in Colossal, plein air painters have been getting a giggle out of a German photographer’s take on painting outdoors, a series of photos that have been collected in a book that walks the line between homage and humor. And they are well-shot pictures.

OPPORTUNITY: Long Beach Island, in September

The Long Beach Island Foundation in New Jersey hosts an annual competition with a nice twist. They call it Plein Air Plus.
There’s nothing like Opening Day of baseball. Or is there? Debbie Morines found a way to make it even better.

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