Artist Profile
Tuesday, 12 March 2013 22:23

Documenting the Rural Midwest

Written by Steve Doherty

Focusing on a theme helps establish connections and purpose in an artist’s work, especially when the range of subjects documents a disappearing aspect of our culture. That’s why Wisconsin artist Bob Beck has been doing a series of plein air paintings of rural Midwestern farms.

Florida artist Morgan Samuel Price and Maine artist Donald Demers are friends who both enjoy plein air painting, yet each has a distinctly different way of analyzing potential subjects, organizing pictorial compositions, and working with oil colors. Here’s a preview of the program they will offer at the Monterey, California, Conference Center in April 2013.

Make sure to register NOW for the Plein Air Convention & Expo so you can watch as master artists offer demonstrations, in some cases with two masters on the stage at the same time. Here are some of the double demonstrations planned for the Monterey convention (

Tuesday, 27 November 2012 12:11

Convention Preview: Jill Carver

Written by Steve Doherty

Jill Carver: “As an artist, I am in control of how viewers will see my pictures, and the larger the painting, the more important it is that I exercise that control wisely.”

Tuesday, 27 November 2012 12:06

Convention Preview: Kathryn Stats

Written by Steve Doherty

Kathryn Stats: “One simply can’t be a good studio painter unless one paints directly from nature outdoors.”

Tuesday, 27 November 2012 11:50

Convention Preview: Scott L. Christensen

Written by Steve Doherty

What information and inspiration can you expect to receive from the demonstrators and speakers who will be part of the Plein Air Convention & Expo? Here are brief samples of the valuable insights they will share.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 12:48

Thanks for the Memories

Written by Steve Doherty

As we take time to give thanks for our many blessings, Abigail McBride remembers a grandmother who insisted on planting a tree over her husband's objections. That tree and the grandmother's encouragement are represented in one of McBride's treasured plein air paintings.

Tuesday, 06 November 2012 12:22

Michael Zakian, PleinAir Salon Judge

Written by Steve Doherty

If you entered the September/October PleinAir magazine Salon competition (, you'll have the good fortune of having your artwork reviewed by Michael Zakian, director of the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University. Read about this museum director who organizes exhibitions of plein air paintings.

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