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Monday, 07 July 2014 18:22

Why This Works: Proportion and Shadow

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, Kim VanDerHoek's "A Show on the Road."

More than a dozen artists hopped from one location to another in north central Colorado in what was billed as a plein air marathon.

The first -- and for some, the hardest -- step in plein air painting is seeing the values in the scene. Frances Gaffney has a suggestion for people who want to read a scene more quickly.

Monday, 07 July 2014 15:15

Parting Shot: Creating in Kalispell

The Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell, Montana, recently sponsored a plein air event to benefit the museum, and more than 25 artists turned out to support the institution, including Wanda Mumm, pictured.

Monday, 07 July 2014 15:10

160 Artists Compete in Cedarburg Featured

The plein air event in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, is one of the bigger competitions in the country. Who took the top prize this year?

Monday, 07 July 2014 14:57

Painting on a Cruise Ship Featured

Painting on a cruise? Even the organizers of a recent painting retreat weren't entirely sure how things would go as 48 artists and their companions boarded a 91,000-ton ship for a trip to Alaska.

Monday, 30 June 2014 21:48

Why This Works: Balancing Values

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, Aimee Erickson's "Rough Day at the Office."
Monday, 30 June 2014 19:44

Ken Auster on Choosing a Painting Spot

A recent video of Ken Auster painting is making the rounds because of his advice on choosing a good spot from which to paint, and how to zero in on abstraction.

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