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Monday, 15 December 2014 16:21

A Portable Studio in Ottawa, a Cold Place

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In Ottawa, Canada, Patrick John Mills is brushing the snow off his equipment and painting in a busy civic center. Part of his success rests on his portable plein air studio. Part of it rests on savvy real estate investments. 

Even in a state in which the citizens dearly love their landscape, someone must work in order for the land to be conserved. The Continental Divide Land Trust, in Colorado, channels the passion Coloradans have for their state into the acquisition and management of open space. 

Monday, 15 December 2014 15:54

Painting en Plein Eau, in Curaçao

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As if going to a tropical island in February to paint isn't enticing enough, Plein Air Curaçao is offering artists the chance to paint underwater, in scuba gear or snorkeling equipment. 

Monday, 15 December 2014 15:51

Painting Outdoor Sculpture

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Ramon Hurtado recently painted this piece depicting an outdoor sculpture, and he took a moment to explain why the subject matter caught his eye. 

Monday, 15 December 2014 15:42

Parting Shot: American Vernacular, or, Land Shark!

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John W. Connors isn't naming places, but somewhere, he painted what looks like a building-eating shark. 

Do you think setting up your gear is difficult? Try hiking seven miles up rough terrain before even unfolding your easel. But for some, such as Lisa Dianne Martin, that's part of the fun. 

Monday, 08 December 2014 14:07

Winter Means Planning 2015 Painting Events

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Some artists don't even blink at the cold temperatures and snow. Others hunker down in the studio, and plan their plein air outings in the upcoming warmer months. We'll be discussing some possible destinations for winter planners in upcoming editions of PleinAir Today. First up: Woodstock, Illinois. 

Monday, 08 December 2014 13:57

My Favorite Place to Paint: Carol Smith Myer

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It's called Rush Creek, but it's more of a wetlands area, with an estimated 196 species of birds enjoying the nature preserve's 522 acres and adjacent marshland. And it's Carol Smith Myer's favorite place to paint. 

Monday, 08 December 2014 13:55

Parting Shot: Painting the Light Chasers

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Diane Mannion's painting of some fellow painters in the Light Chasers artist group, in Florida, is a fine picture. It was one of the Fav15% in the October BoldBrush competition run by popular artist website hosting service FineArtStudioOnline (FASO). 

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 19:31

Spotlight on PACE Faculty: Debra Joy Groesser

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Nebraska painter Debra Joy Groesser may prefer to paint outside, but she has a system down for working indoors -- one that some of her students find revelatory. She'll share it in person at the Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE), April 13-17 in Monterey, California. 

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 19:15

My Favorite Place to Paint: Jennifer L. Hoffman

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Wyoming painter Jennifer L. Hoffman takes advantage of "artist's hours" to get a lot of work done in the winter months. 

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 19:04

The Value of Engaging Several Charities, Not One

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A number of artists' groups form a relationship with just one cause and one charity, and build on this dynamic. It works well. But Mendocino Eco Arts finds that it benefits from embracing several area groups working for great causes. 

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 19:02

Why This Works: Balance and Subtlety

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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, Brad Holt's "Bluffs Below the Turnoff to Main Canyon." 

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 18:58

OPPORTUNITY: Finger Lakes Plein Air

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January 30 will be here before you know it -- those interested in participating in the 4th Annual Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition and Festival should make plans to submit an application before that deadline. Here's how. 

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 18:47

Parting Shot: Here Start the Snow Paintings

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Barely into December, the country is already familiar with the sight of snow. The good news is that lovely depictions of snow will be forthcoming. Thomas Wezwick executed a good one recently that garnered a lot of praise online, and, in a rarity for most artists, the painter liked the piece, too. 

In very few places are the stakes as high in land conservation as they are in the Hamptons. Reports of one acre of "buildable" oceanfront land selling for $16 million exemplify what the Peconic Land Trust is up against on New York's Long Island. Enter the local artists.... 

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 18:36

Spotlight on PACE Faculty: Kathy Anderson

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Kathy Anderson agrees that for everything, there is a season. That's why this artist is happy to set up a still life on the Main Stage of the Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) in April and paint indoors. How does this align with her love for plein air painting? 

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 18:29

My Favorite Place to Paint: Jennifer Fairbanks

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Kentucky artist Jennifer Fairbanks prefers that those observing her plein air painting have hooves and paws, and she gets her way when she paints on the North Farm, part of Murray State University's school of agriculture. 

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 18:08

Parting Shot: Lean Into It

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New Orleans artist Michelle Kondos saw these cacti in a rare state of bloom and imagined that the far one was, er, making eyes at the cactus in the foreground. 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 17:23

My Favorite Place to Paint: Larry Moore

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When Larry Moore returns to his favorite place to paint, things are going to be a little different. Moore is intent on venturing past his representational comfort zone and going more abstract. 

Anton Pavlenko and Michael Orwick recently held an event at Dragonfire Studio and Gallery, in Cannon Beach, Oregon, during which the two switched off three times during the painting of two canvases. They don’t paint similarly. 

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