Artist as Collector: Monika Johnson, Finding Inspiration

When Monika Johnson sees someone doing what she tries to do, she finds it inspirational — and she buys the piece. Who’s in her collection?

My Favorite Place to Paint: Michelle Condrat in Zion

Utah painter Michelle Condrat says her favorite place to paint can be described as the opposite of the Grand Canyon. Why?

CA Conservation Group Circles Back With Fundraiser

The Oak Group is one of the oldest conservation group featuring artists, and this year, it’s participating in a fundraiser that seeks to add $8 million worth of land to an existing parcel of conserved land along the Santa Barbara coast.

Got a Painting of Skies and Clouds? Send It In!

Even in winter, there’s usually fantastic, challenging subject matter … right over your head. PleinAir Today will publish the most interesting paintings of skies and clouds that we receive by February 20.

Finding History on the Outskirts of Pittsburgh

Oil painter William Pfahl set his sights on a historic town of 3,000 for a series of cityscapes. His pieces examine the nature of light, the charm of older buildings, and the pull of history.

Why This Works: Figures as Supporting Players

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, “Horizon,” by Paul George.

Spotlight on PACE Faculty: W. Truman Hosner and a Serious Plein Air Challenge

Plein air painting can be a challenge, but even changing light and other environmental conditions aren’t enough for some folks. Like W. Truman Hosner, a member of the Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) faculty, who ups the ante considerably with his subject matter.

EXHIBITION: Charlie Hunter, in Grafton, VT

Distinctive painter Charlie Hunter has a show at North Star Gallery, in Grafton, Vermont, February 17-19.

OPPORTUNITY: Plein Air Curaçao

Tired of winter? Paint on a Dutch island off the coast of Venezuela, next month.

Parting Shot: Absurdly Portable

Artists are sharing this Etsy product (already sold) that shows how far one can go to make painting materials compact and portable.

Artists Share in $31,500 in Prizes

Jean Stern judged the December-January contest in the PleinAir Salon, setting up a slew of artists to win thousands of dollars in prizes. Who's in?

My Favorite Place to Paint: Rita Pacheco and the Land of 1,000 Paintings

People sometimes tell Rita Pacheco that they will be visiting the Carlsbad, California, area, and ask her where she recommends they go paint. Without hesitation, she directs them to this place.

Do You Know Anyone Featured in the Next PleinAir Issue?

The April-May issue of PleinAir magazine features some intriguing artists with useful advice and thoughts on painting, and below we spill the beans on some of highlighted painters.

Paint a Sky Painting, See It Here!

Look up! PleinAir Today will publish the most interesting paintings of skies and clouds that we receive by February 20.

Plein Air Adventures: Make Way for the Helicopter!

We all have our plein air painting war stories. California artist Robin Purcell seems to have more than her fair share. One of the more interesting ones involved a helicopter.

Spotlight on PACE Faculty: Karl Dempwolf

Karl Dempwolf is a key figure in California plein air painting, so much so that PleinAir magazine publisher Eric Rhoads will present Dempwolf with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) in April. That’s one of the reasons Dempwolf will be there in San Diego. But why else?

Parting Shot: Painting + Vineyard = Tough Life?

The West Coast members of the Salmagundians & Friends plein air group recently had a tough day at the office. Not.

What’s Behind You While Painting

Plein air painting isn’t just about the view in front of you. It’s about the entire environment around you. Danny Griego is exploring this through short videos.

Artist as Collector: Jill Basham

Maryland painter Jill Basham says she collects work by other artists that she thinks is beautiful. But she also does it to learn.

Accepting the Challenge of Painting Sky

Tomas Honz has an impressive body of work focusing on various sky conditions. It was not done without a fair amount of adversity.

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