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Extreme Plein Air
Extreme Plein Air

Extreme Plein Air (34)

Tuesday, 08 October 2013 10:41

Extreme Painting: Rowan Huntley

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Rowan Huntley lives in Wales, but she likes to paint at the ends of the world.

Monday, 29 April 2013 18:33

Randall Cogburn on Galveston Island

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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.

Monday, 18 March 2013 17:58

Painting Winter in the Midwest

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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!

Monday, 18 March 2013 17:53

Water, Water Everywhere!

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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.

Monday, 18 March 2013 17:48

Self-Portrait by a Winter Plein Air Painter

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We enjoyed this photograph of Jason Prigge, a snow painter, and his "self-portrait" so much we wanted to share it with you.

Monday, 11 February 2013 22:50

The Demands of Kids, Weather & Painting

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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.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013 12:32

Painting Along Narrow Streets in England

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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.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013 22:50

Staying Warm in Utah

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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.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013 22:47

New Year’s Day Paint-Out in Nevada

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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!

Tuesday, 08 January 2013 00:02

Friends Painting in the Minnesota Snow

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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.

Monday, 17 December 2012 23:16

24 Days Painting on the Colorado River

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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.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012 21:47

Tolerating the Extremes of Southeast Texas

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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.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012 11:15

Painting in Traffic

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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.

Monday, 15 October 2012 17:36

Bitter Cold, Crashing Waves & Rising Tides

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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.

Saturday, 22 September 2012 12:54

On the River in Central Africa

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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.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012 19:50

Crowd Painting in New York City

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Plein air painting in the middle of midtown Manhattan? Patti Mollica just finished two weeks of painting for nine hours a day amid the traffic and crowds around the New York Public Library on 5th Avenue. Find out about her amazing experiences.
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 19:47

Becoming One With the Cows

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Jim McVicker finds that after he has been painting near animals for a while, their curiosity is satisfied and they leave him alone. That's what happened when he painted in a cow pasture, although he did learn not to keep his tasty painting supplies out and available.
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 19:42

Lost, But Still Painting

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Last spring, Californian Gary Geraths got so lost on a painting trip through the Anazasi canyons of Utah that he had to signal to Army Chinook helicopter pilots to rescue him. The good news is he still had his completed watercolor paintings after he'd hiked several hundred miles back to his car.
Monday, 20 August 2012 09:38

Loosen Up in a Storm

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You might think Kansas artist R. Gregory Summers will do anything to get attention — even search for extreme painting conditions to prove his mettle.
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 15:40

Painting When Hot, Cold, or Injured

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Kansas artist R. Gregory Summers didn’t become serious about plein air painting until 2010, but since then he has challenged himself to paint under all conditions. Recently, he was out painting in sweltering heat and with one arm in a sling.
Tuesday, 24 July 2012 14:17

The Mountaineer Spirit

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Joe Arnold is a skilled mountaineer who records vast, high-elevation panoramas in his watercolor and pastel sketches, as well as the large studio oil paintings he creates based on those studies. He has been called the "plein air artist of thin air."
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