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Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:39

Using Frames to Sell Artwork

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In the world of selling and marketing your art, there are obvious tactics and subtle tactics. Obvious are things like marketing plans, and all the tricks and techniques I talk about in my Art Marketing Boot Camp series. But there are also many subtle things that we rarely think of as important in selling art. One such subtlety is the impact a frame has on the sale.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013 22:44

Quotes Worth Sharing

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We come across quotes by artists, philosophers, historians, and critics that offer a new way of looking at plein air painting. We offer one here and invite you to send statements that are particularly inspiring, informative, or thought-provoking. Here’s one, and we welcome your suggestions.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013 22:41

Can You Be Easily Contacted?

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An eager collector called us to ask how he could contact two artists recently featured in PleinAir magazine, and we had difficulty providing contact information for those painters. That prompted us to suggest that every painter consider how hard it might be for that same collector to buy their work.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012 19:11


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The Editor's Note I wrote for the June/July issue of PleinAir magazine prompted a number of comments from other artists about the imperfect and subjective nature of plein air competitions. I decided to reprint that essay here to expand the dialogue about contests as a learning process.
Tuesday, 21 February 2012 14:57

George Inness: The Spiritual in Nature

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Writer Bob Bahr and I visited the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey this past week to see an exhibition of paintings by George Inness (1825-1894) who is sometimes called the “Father of American Landscape Painting.” Standing within inches of the canvases gave us fresh insight into the ways oil paint can be manipulated to create light, atmosphere, mystery, and spirituality.
Monday, 21 November 2011 12:34

Criticism That Helps

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With the increased speed of communication through digital media, there has been an increase in the number of poorly written and insensitive criticism of artwork on websites. Comments are often added below paintings that are not helpful, especially when they come across as drive-by, random shots from a passing critic.
Thursday, 28 July 2011 11:45

Watercolor on Location

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In the Fall digital edition of PleinAir magazine, Raleigh Kinney offers a demonstration of how to maintain the natural freshness, vibrancy, and immediacy of watercolors when painting Watercolor. The distinguished member of the Plein Air Painters of America also describes his background, teaching, and recent paintings.

In the fall issue of PleinAir Magazine, we report on a group of artists who were invited to paint on the ranch near Santa Barbara, California once owned by President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan. Rancho del Cielo (ranch in the heavens), as the Reagans called it, is a 688-acre ranch in the Santa Ynez Mountains. Pat Suggs was one of the 15 artists invited to the ranch, and she describes how she used pastels to create plein air paintings of the location.
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