The Prospect Lions Club and the Wisconsin Plein Air Painters Association hosted an event in New Berlin, Wisconsin, that pulled in some strong work. Juror Paula Swaydan Grebel shared with WIPAPA President Wendie Thompson why the top winner was chosen.
Workshop instructors will often suggest that painters simplify a scene in order to interpret it in a plein air piece. Not only does that help with a strong design, it is often necessary because of the complexity of most views. Jimmy Longacre recently discussed some of the ways he approaches painting in a blog post, and we asked him to talk more about his early stages in a painting.
Most times are busy times for artist Nancie King Mertz, who has operated a frame shop on the side since she was an art student. But things have really heated up for her lately. You can see why if you flip on your television.
In most cases, the judges of competitions have quite a few paintings that are strong in composition and execution. So what pushes the winners over the top?
The sunflowers are high and their big faces are bright right now, and nowhere more so than in Kansas, the Sunflower State.
About 50 miles from the border with Canada, Kathryn Weisberg found "one of the most beautiful places in the world." According to this painter, Lake Pend Oreille in Idaho is one of the best kept secrets in the United States.