Texas artist Randall Cogburn was lucky to remain terrestrial recently when his setup on a jetty on Galveston Island was threatened by weather rough enough to rile up the ocean, but not rough enough to scare off this plein air painter.
Minnesota artist Carl Cedergren recently sent us photographs of himself painting on a frozen river around Pine County. We found his paintings appealing, but chilling!
Cooper Dragonette spent a lovely morning painting a small plein air study of the stormy coastline at Pond Cove in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The heavy rains ended, the seas calmed down, and the big waves subsided so he could finish his painting. Unfortunately, the storm got even with him when he returned home.
As a busy professional artist and mother of two small children, Californian Kim VanDerHoek knows that any attempt to paint during a family outing can lead to extreme conditions. That’s certainly what happened during a recent trip to Big Bear Lake.
Derek Daniells likes to paint along the narrow streets of Stony Stratford in England. Normally, the location is reasonably quiet, but at times the snow, cold temperatures, and splashes from passing “lorries” force him to take refuge in the local pub.
Utah artist Tom Howard recently ventured off to the southwest corner of the Oquirrh Mountains near Salt Lake, where the temperature was only 2 degrees. Find out how his painting turned out.
Two members of the Reno-Tahoe Plein Air Painters welcomed the new year by painting at the wetlands at the base of Slide Mountain. Take a look at the two artists enjoying a chilly, invigorating day!
Minnesota artist Jim Henley snapped photographs of his painting companions, Diane LaMere and Derek Davis, when the three artists were deep in snow along Nine Mile Creek in Bloomington, Minnesota. Find out more about this trio of extreme plein air painters.
California artist Anne Laddon joined 15 other people for a 24-day rafting trip down the Colorado River during which she created about two dozen large oil paintings and small pastel paintings. "It required a lot of preparation and effort, but the views were unbelievably inspiring and they helped me make significant strides in my work," she says.
Texas pastel painter Linda Dellandre reports that extreme heat, high humidity, and alligators can be just as challenging to a plein air painter as snow, wind, or rain.
Most of the artists we feature in our ongoing series of extreme painting are on mountains, in rivers, or along rocky ledges. Two Oregon artists found a different challenge to painting the best views.
During a September painting retreat in the Bugaboo Mountains in British Columbia, Canada, some dedicated plein air artists were transported via helicopter to spectacular painting sites. "It may not have been extreme in the sense of putting ourselves at risk, but it was totally awesome," reports Jan Kirkpatrick.
Going outdoors to paint inspiring subjects sometimes involves putting up with extreme weather conditions or facing unexpected challenges. Both of those things happen to Richard L. Weber with increasing frequency.
Katerina Ring managed to slip past a herd of elephants while painting from a boat along the Chongwe River in Zambia -- and that was almost as disconcerting as the time her vehicle got stuck in deep mud. As a U.S. citizen with a residential permit in Italy and a work permit in Zambia, she finds herself contending with all sorts of outdoor painting challenges.