If it seems like competitions are awarding more prizes to painters, it's because they are. That's good news for artists painting on the plein air circuit.
The Best of Plein Air? The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association named them last week, and the winners will hang in the Randy Higbee Gallery in Costa Mesa, California, through July 18.
Stems Plein Air Paint, an event in Overland Park, Kansas, raised money for local arts and recreation organizations and attracted artists from the region for two Quick Paint events and "painting challenges" at several locations.
Plein air painters are sometimes reminded that they are unwittingly documenting a scene that may soon no longer exist. This works on the macro and micro levels.
In confirmation that taking chances often pays off in art, the plein air prize at the Women Artists of the West's 44th Annual National Exhibition went to an experiment conducted by Michelle Usibelli.