An Eden in the ‘Concrete Jungle’

The New York Botanical Gardens recently hosted a paint-out invitational with more than 20 established plein air painters on hand. Beautiful settings + talented artists = worth your attention.

Designing Your Paintings with Values (Along with some tips on scene selection)

Can anyone imagine doing a painting without using a number of values? Well, as an abstract design possibly, but it would be a weak design, depending solely on color for its strength. So strong are values in the painting process that the old adage is true that says: “In painting, values do all the work, but color takes all the credit.”

Inaugural Gloucester

The waterfront community of Gloucester, Virginia, received an enthusiastic response from regional artists and enthusiasts during its first ever Gloucester Arts Festival. A comprehensive recap is just one click away!

OPPORTUNITY: Art of the Heartland

Not one, not two, but three great national juried art shows and paint-outs are awaiting your submissions this summer. Details and deadlines here.

Plein Air: Work, Play, or Both?

There are many plein air artists who simply don’t have the luxury of painting full-time and, as a result, keep other employment to make ends meet. Be that as it may, I would venture to guess that there are also many who find themselves in a situation where painting and profession aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive. Details here.

How to Mix Color and Get Good Harmony (Without the Frustration)

This week’s article delves further into the “Painter’s Tool Box of Expression.” Last week I highlighted drawing, and this week we will look at color.

My Favorite Place to Paint: Poppy and Point Prim

Lighthouses are such wonderful subjects, aren’t they? They project into the sky with brilliant designs from sandy and rocky shores and are beacons of hope for weary sailors. For accomplished outdoor painter Poppy Balser, there will always be a special place in her heart for Point Prim. Discover why here.

Prizes at Penn Valley Park

Penn Valley Park contains many of Kansas City’s most iconic monuments and memorials, which presented many outdoor painters with delightful subjects to represent during the 2017 Plein Air Kansas City, held May 5-13. Which artists were victorious? Find out here.

Inaugural Red Fern

Nestled in Oklahoma’s Cherokee County lies the quaint town of Tahlequah, which will host its inaugural Plein Air Red Fern festival from June 15-17. Details here!

The Arctic in Tucson

The arctic has made its way to Arizona this month, but only in brilliant artistic form as Cory Trépanier’s “Into the Arctic” recently opened at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Where in the World? HERE!

If you haven’t had the chance to see some of the incredible footage from last week’s global event “Where in the world is...,” look no further because we’ve compiled several of the videos here! This only scratches the surface!

Adirondack Glory

Nearly 100 artists have gathered with Publisher Eric Rhoads this week at Paul Smith College near the Canadian border for family, friendship, and a week-long plein air painting extravaganza.

What Do Montana ‘Urbanscapes’ Look Like?

One wouldn’t immediately put those two together: “urban” and “Montana.” However, a group of extremely talented painters took on the task for a spectacular exhibition that recently opened at Legacy Gallery. Will you recognize the names?

Who was the Best at the Best?

June 10 was rocking at the Forest & Ocean Gallery as the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) hosted its opened reception for the 13th annual “Best of Plein Air” juried art show. In addition to fine art, cheeses, wine, and fruits, several artists also received awards. Who were they?

Packing and Plein Air

For the very adventurous outdoor painter, room — and weight — are crucial things to consider. PleinAir Today recently visited with artist Gary Geraths, who offered up some sage suggestions.

The “Best of Plein Air”

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) received over 325 entries for its 13th Annual Best of Plein Air exhibition, which is slated to open in just a few days. Who made the cut in 2017? Details here!

Impressions of New Orleans

Stunning plein air views of urban centers in New Orleans abound during Phil Sandusky’s latest solo exhibition. When and where?

Carolina Colorist Is Home Again

Painter Karen Weihs — or the Colorist of the Carolinas, as she is often called — has returned to Charleston, South Carolina, once more for her annual solo show at Ella Richardson Fine Art. How is she keeping things fresh this year?

OPPORTUNITY: The Chateau Beckons

A group of artists recently returned from a weeklong journey where they took on the enviable task of capturing the Loire Valley in Trôo, France, en plein air. A delightful little photo essay of their adventure is one click away.

PleinAir Is Global

If you’ve ever wondered how diverse and far-reaching the plein air culture is, look no further than a fantastic three-day event that began today.

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