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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.

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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.

PleinAir Podcast: Episode 44 – Cory Trépanier’s Journey Into the Arctic

In this episode of the PleinAir Podcast, Publisher Eric Rhoads interviews Cory Trépanier, creator of the wildly successful exhibition “Into The Arctic”. From Trépanier’s four painting expeditions to the Canadian Arctic, during which he traversed 25,000 miles, the exhibition features over 50 oil paintings of stunning depth and quality, many of them ranging from 5 to 15 feet wide, accompanied by his Into The Arctic films, which have been broadcast globally. Following its premiere at the Embassy of Canada in Washington D.C. in January, the exhibition is touring museums across North America until 2020. Rhoads and Trépanier discuss all things plein air and “Into The Arctic” (http://www.intothearctic.ca).

Sunday Coffee with Eric Rhoads: A New Approach to Selling Paintings at Art Shows

Yesterday I was the judge of a plein air show in a community near where I live. I rarely get the opportunity to judge...

How Watercolor Can Make You Lose Friends

Watercolor paintings can be exciting, abstract, tight, mysterious, pretty — and divisive among some folks. Just ask Daniel Marshall.
If you have painter friends in California, then you have undoubtedly heard about this year’s crop of wildflowers. Although the state suffered a terrible drought last year, this has been a wet winter and early spring, and this and other favorable conditions have resulted in a crazy abundance of blooming wildflowers in the Golden State. Artists report in, below.

Eric Rhoads Picks Winners in Marble Falls, Texas

Sales doubled from last year at Paint the Town, in Marble Falls, Texas, an event that was judged by PleinAir magazine publisher Eric Rhoads.

When Nature Hands You Something Special

Walter Bartman is always looking for a sunset that has something unique about it. Boy, did he get one recently.

Why This Works: Muted Chroma, Powerful Values

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, Dana Zier’s “Pryor Overlook.”
One of the fastest-growing and most well-received plein air events of the season is accepting applications from artists now.

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