My Favorite Place to Paint: John Caggiano, and Paradise Gained

John Caggiano painted a picture of a beach in the Venice, Florida area titled “A Touch of Paradise.” But it was the artist who gave it that magic touch, not nature.

My Favorite Place to Paint: Monika Johnson’s High Desert Meadow

Palette knife painter Monika Johnson loves to paint a spot near Lake Tahoe that offers plenty of depth and a sense of coziness.

Choosing From Column A

Artists often return to a particular subject matter when they don’t think it has been sufficiently explored. For Richard Maud, one of those motifs is the columns of the Alameda, in Seville, Spain.

Irresistible Tales From a Plein Air Veteran

Newsletters from the Plein Air Painters of America are usually interesting, but the latest one caught our eye because of some tales from veteran plein air painter Skip Whitcomb.

Carl Bretzke’s Top 10 Reasons for Attending the Plein Air Convention

Don’t take it from us — hear it from one of plein air painting’s stars. The Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) is the place to be in April.

Is Ultramarine a Cool Blue?

Particularly in plein air painting, where carrying a lot of paint tubes around and having a complex palette is often avoided, artists go for a split-primary palette, with a warm and cool for each primary color. So what is your warm blue?

My Favorite Place to Paint: Stephanie Marzella and Romantic Charleston

A plein air painting session for Stephanie Marzella can last six hours in her new home in South Carolina. Why?

A Scene Worth Its Salt

Malta painter Andrew Borg found beauty in a historical salt manufacturing compound. He explains his process and the site’s history below.

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.

How the Desert Helped Carlton Paint Snow

Minnesota artist Philip Alexander Carlton was not impressed with painting winter in the Midwest until he realized he could apply lessons learned on his lengthy road trip.

Unsticking the Stuck Student

Artist and art industry veteran Terry Stanley has some advice for art instructors who encounter students with a block stopping their progress.

Why This Works: Supporting the Star Player

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, Kurt Jacobson’s “DeLong Lake, Alaska.”

Putting Design Over Subject

North Carolina painter Jean Cauthen says she seeks out “the places between or in back of places,” by which she means finding a strong design rather than painting a portrait.

There’s Nothing Like an Old Coat, Says Farthing

We are accustomed to new technology driving old ways to obsolescence, but Kathleen Gray Farthing found that her mother’s old fur coat is an exceptional guard against winter cold.
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An Artist’s View of the Sorolla Murals

Thomas Jefferson Kitts posted a video online of his visit to the “Vision of Spain” murals by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, housed at the Hispanic Society in New York City, and thousands are appreciating his eye and his edits.

Why This Works: Muted Foreground Sends Viewer to Mid-Ground

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, Kayti Didriksen’s “Fall Evidence, Catskills.”

Artists and Conservancy: Never Underestimate the Impact You Have

In this series, artist Lori Putnam speaks on the role artists can play in the conservation and preservation of land, cultures, and buildings. In this final installment, Putnam explains the “why” of artists and conservancy.

Seeing the Unconventional, on Location

It took an unconventional painting done from a photograph taken at an extreme vantage point to set David Boyd, Jr. on his current path as a plein air pain

How to Avoid Greens in Summer

Actually, Lynn M. Rix tried to avoid greens by painting from a boat ... and she ended up painting a lot of green. How so?

Fresia’s Plein Air Manifesto

It takes a bold person to write a manifesto on art, considering, among other things, that there are as many opinions about art as there are artists. Jerry Fresia is that bold person. We think there are some truths worth hearing again in his statement from Italy.

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