In this series of articles, Utah artist J. Brad Holt talks about what artists are seeing as they look at the landscape. Holt studied geology in college and is attentive to what the rocks suggest in the scenes he paints.
The Dorchester Center for the Arts in Cambridge, Maryland, is offering an interesting hybrid event -- a golf tournament and plein air painting competition in one.
It's hard to imagine a more populist event than a state fair. So it's heartening that state fairs across the country are including plein air painting events among their contests. It's a perfect example of the precepts of the Plein Air Force. How?
Utah artist Rachel Pettit joined up with eight other members of Plein Air Painters of Utah and some friends recently for a few days of painting in the San Rafael Swell in Central Utah. Aside from good painting, the group experienced other things that made the excursion interesting.
Artists have until June 30 to apply for acceptance in the 3rd Annual Bath County Plein Air Festival, held in the area around Warm Springs, Virginia.
19th-century landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted is famous for his enchanting urban parks, and recently Atlanta celebrated his creations in that Southern city with a plein air competition focused on his six-part string of public places, dubbed Olmsted Linear Park. The inaugural edition of the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational attracted some top talent.
After PleinAir magazine publisher Eric Rhoads announced the Plein Air Force program in mid-April at the Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE), several people approached PleinAir staff, talking about how their efforts to promote plein air painting seemed to dovetail with the goals of the new grassroots program. But perhaps no one there exemplified the Plein Air Force spirit more than Michael Orwick. Consider his ambitious plans for the next year....
In June, a gaggle of professional plein air painters will descend on Douglas County in Colorado to paint pieces for an exhibition and sale benefiting the conservation of a stretch of land being squeezed from two sides.
Entries are now being accepted for one of the nation's most prestigious exhibitions for plein air painters.
Eric Rhoads, the publisher of PleinAir magazine, unveiled a new program at the Plein Air Convention & Expo earlier this month called the Plein Air Force. Attendees—and everyone else—were wondering what he was up to, as somewhat cryptic notes were posted online and served up in emails over the last few months. After some on stage theatrics with Rhoads and others coming on stage in bomber jackets, Rhoads announced his plan...and now we know: the Plein Air Force is a program to help painters spread the word about plein air painting, and in the process, everyone benefits. How?
The 2016 Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) is already half full, and the 2015 event only concluded 12 days ago. Satisfied attendees are the main reason for high demand, but the amenities offered at PACE's new home may be making a difference, too. One PACE attendee is already planning a four-month plein air painting trip around the 2016 event.
Not everyone in Monterey, California, earlier this month was painting en plein air. Some were relaxing by the sea. PACE participant Kathie Odom came upon 12 women lounging at the beach with drinks in hand, and she decided to paint them. And the title?
Event organizers were calling the Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) the "Woodstock of plein air painting," and while the vibe was certainly a groovy one, it might more accurately be called the Lollapalooza of plein air. Participants explain why.
If Bermuda in November sounds good, start making plans now to attend Bermuda Plein Air Festival. Here's the scoop.
Few things are harder than juggling the changing light and overwhelming stimulus of plein air painting -- except maybe catching the unparalleled familiarity yet endlessly deep nuance of a figure painting. Put them together and you have ... the Tableau Vivant at Tillbury Camp.