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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
R. Gregory Summers recently hosted an online painting challenge, and the resulting submissions paint a fascinating picture of plein air today.
Wyoming painter Jennifer L. Hoffman takes advantage of "artist's hours" to get a lot of work done in the winter months.
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.
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.
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....
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.
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.