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PleinAir Podcast: Episode 38 – William Davidson and Life’s Path to Art

In this episode of the PleinAir Podcast, Publisher Eric Rhoads interviews artist William (Bill) Davidson, a signature member of the Oil Painters of America and American Impressionistic Society. Davidson and Rhoads consider a range of important topics, including losing one's ego, the importance of value, and what to do when life says "You should be an artist!"

Paint Like a Hobbit

You don't have to be a hobbit to want to paint a landscape so beautiful, unusual, and magical that it inspires the top filmmakers. Just ask the lucky 50 artists who are attending the Paint New Zealand Publisher's Invitational this week.

Do You See These Colors in the Sky?

As plein air painters know, the sky is rarely just blue. There’s at least a gradation from top to bottom, and the clouds can reflect anything from deep orange to vivid purple. What did 20 artists see when they looked up recently?

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Does Your Winter Look Like This?

Are you California dreaming, on such a winter’s day? Here’s what Terry d. Chacon saw recently when she went out painting.

Why This Works: The Sailboat’s Story

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, “Long Island Inlet,” by Rosanne Kaloustian.

EXHIBITION: John P. Lasater IV and Jason Sacran, in Arkansas

Through March 29, painters and friends John P. Lasater IV and Jason Sacran are featured in the exhibition “Brotherhood” at the Merkle and Price Galleries in the South Arkansas Arts Center, in El Dorado, Arkansas.
Quick, do the math: What’s 3,000 English pounds in dollars?

Parting Shot: Meanwhile, in Kuala Lumpur…

Gerald Chong found a tantalizing nocturne to paint recently in Malaysia.

PleinAir Podcast: Stefan Baumann’s Inspirational Plein Air Experience

In this Episode of the PleinAir Podcast, Publisher Eric Rhoads interview's nationally recognized and PACE instructor Stefan Baumann. From an early age, Baumann has been on an incredible artistic journey that has inspired painters for decades. How will your plein air experience change after hearing this?

My Favorite Place to Paint: Michelle Condrat in Zion

Utah painter Michelle Condrat says her favorite place to paint can be described as the opposite of the Grand Canyon. Why?
The Oak Group is one of the oldest conservation group featuring artists, and this year, it’s participating in a fundraiser that seeks to add $8 million worth of land to an existing parcel of conserved land along the Santa Barbara coast.

Got a Painting of Skies and Clouds? Send It In!

Even in winter, there’s usually fantastic, challenging subject matter … right over your head. PleinAir Today will publish the most interesting paintings of skies and clouds that we receive by February 20.

Finding History on the Outskirts of Pittsburgh

Oil painter William Pfahl set his sights on a historic town of 3,000 for a series of cityscapes. His pieces examine the nature of light, the charm of older buildings, and the pull of history.

Why This Works: Figures as Supporting Players

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, “Horizon,” by Paul George.
Plein air painting can be a challenge, but even changing light and other environmental conditions aren’t enough for some folks. Like W. Truman Hosner, a member of the Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) faculty, who ups the ante considerably with his subject matter.

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