Sure, one could embark on a painting marathon on home turf, with friends and family ready to provide key support. But what happens if an artist tries to paint 24 paintings in 24 hours in a different city?

Vistas used to be Jennifer Young's thing. Then she moved to the Bellevue neighborhood in Richmond, Virginia. Suddenly the intimate beauty of a backyard garden became her primary motif. "When I moved here 10 years ago I didn't know a thing about gardens," she says. "I didn't realize how into it people are around here. Over the years it has become so inspiring to me, seeing what works in other people's gardens."

Monday, 21 July 2014 16:06

Standard Deviation: Water Study

With careful observation, a body of water can offer a multitude of hues for an artist, along with a window on the weather.

Marc Dalessio hitched a ride on his gallery owner's boat recently for a week-long cruise around the islands off the Dalmatian coast, and he painted along the way. The joys were obvious, the challenges, surprising.

Monday, 21 July 2014 16:01

Why This Works: Countering Symmetry

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, Leon Holmes's "Downside to the High Life."

The Door County Maritime Museum is hosting its Paint the Bay event on August 2 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Artists may register in advance now.

For those who haven't seen this, we present an artful bear in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

Monday, 21 July 2014 15:51

PleinAir Salon Judge Al Gury Explains His Approach Featured

Many artists feel they can better choose their submissions to competitions if they have some insight into the thinking process of the juror. Albert Gury, the juror for the June-July contest in the PleinAir Salon, shared with us some of his thoughts on judging entries. Gain some insight into his approach for entering the contest; the deadline is midnight on July 31.

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