Those thinking about entering the PleinAir Salon's December-January contest -- and thus getting a chance to win the $15,000 top award -- might want to know a little bit about the contest's judge, a man who first made a name as arguably the foremost graphic artist of the Southern California surf culture, and now paints plein air streetscapes that knock the socks off of collectors.
It's a bit dangerous to ask C.W. Mundy what he will be doing at the Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) in April, in Monterey, California. It's dicey to ask him what he'll be doing in February, for that matter. Mundy takes a new tack in his art in unpredictable plunges, depending on what he sees or imagines.
A group of painter friends decided to paint the snowy landscape at night together. What did they learn?
R. Gregory Summers knew this painting experience was going to be quite different. But suddenly there were people falling down all around his feet, Native Americans were running through the woods behind him, and mock gunfire was ringing in his ears.
Think warm thoughts…and book tickets now for upcoming plein air events in California and Florida. Doesn't that sound nice?
John A. Daniels snapped this photograph showing the love of plein air painting being passed down through generations of the Ohio Plein Air Society.
Bill Guffey's favorite place to paint is man-made, but it's wild and natural. It's in farm country, but it's public property. It's scenic in the height of summer and at the nadir of winter.
Plein air artists stay busy in winter in various ways. Many just bundle up and head out to paint in the cold weather. Others have different methods to stay sharp. What does Colorado artist Jeanne Mackenzie do? She pretends.
Here's a good place to paint in February: Jupiter. Despite what your science teacher may have told you, it's warm there.
The Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) has long paired two painters with a good rapport in its onstage demo program. It's safe to say the rapport between Howard Friedland and Susan Blackwood is better than the average pairing. Why?
Lori Putnam has a winner on her hands. She keeps entering it in competitions, and it keeps winning.
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.