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PleinAir Podcast: Episode 34 – Mary Pettis On Painting What Moves Your Soul

In this episode of the PleinAir Podcast, Publisher Eric Rhoads talks with acclaimed Mary Pettis of Taylors Falls, Minnesota. Over the course of this fantastic episode, Pettis and Rhoads delve into the artist's evolution as a painter, discussing key moments in her training and an important 'ah ha!' moment.

Painting an Icy Stampede

Every year, Dan Gray paints a New Year’s Day spectacle in Parksville, on Canada’s Vancouver Island, that lasts just minutes.

What It Takes to Paint Snow in Northern Ontario

Christy A. Smith loves winter, and it’s a good thing, because she lives in Sudbury, Ontario in Canada, where the average low temperature in January is below zero. She especially likes painting snow, and some of her snow paintings are now on view in a special exhibition.

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An Artist’s View of the Sorolla Murals

Thomas Jefferson Kitts posted a video online of his visit to the “Vision of Spain” murals by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, housed at the Hispanic Society in New York City, and thousands are appreciating his eye and his edits.

Why This Works: Muted Foreground Sends Viewer to Mid-Ground

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, Kayti Didriksen’s “Fall Evidence, Catskills.”

Not Too Early to Plan Painting Bluebonnets in Texas

Members of the Outdoor Painters Society will gather in Ennis, Texas, in May to paint bluebonnets. A member of OPS has some advice on this.
Much of the country thinks of New York’s Hamptons as a playground for the East Coast’s rich and famous, but it originally became a destination in large part because of its gentle beauty. A plein air event in July invites artists to capture some of that on canvas.

Parting Shot: Rare Hare Sighting

Michele Farrier saw a snowshoe hare outside her kitchen window recently, and made the executive decision to paint it quickly from inside, where the temperature was not 5 degrees, and she had less of a chance of spooking the creature.

PleinAir Podcast: Episode 33 – Stephanie Birdsall On the Art of Practice

In this episode of the PleinAir Podcast, Publisher Eric Rhoads sits down with artist Stephanie Birdsall, who gives our listeners an in-depth look into her fascinating journey to artistic success. Among many topics, Birdsall and Rhoads talk about the artist's choice between music and art, her studies abroad, and tips for young artists seeking their next creative breakthrough.

Paint Like an Old Master? Look Like an Old Master

Two artists participating in the EnPleinAirTEXAS event dressed in period costume while painting the view at Fort Concho in San Angelo, Texas.
Every year, more than 100 plein air painters gather near the Canada border in the Adirondack Mountains to paint in a collegiate setting, with no pressure and lots of painting on the agenda. It’s the Publisher’s Invitational, and it’s about filled up.

People . . . Who Paint People

Kathryn A. McMahon is not one of those plein air painters who are bothered by passersby. She puts them into her paintings, and chats with them. How?

Artists and Conservancy: Never Underestimate the Impact You Have

In this series, artist Lori Putnam speaks on the role artists can play in the conservation and preservation of land, cultures, and buildings. In this final installment, Putnam explains the “why” of artists and conservancy.

Why This Works: Masterful Use of Color

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, Jude Tolar’s “Provencal Golden Hour.”
Two instructors at the Wayne Art Center, both alumni of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, are showcased in a show at the center through January 28.

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