Publisher Eric Rhoads and Editor Steve Doherty presented $15,000 to the Grand Prize Winner of the 2nd Annual PleinAir Salon Competition last Thursday for the painting "Alterations."
Three final judges of the PleinAir Salon competition are about to decide who will receive $20,000 in cash and art supplies, and feature stories in PleinAir Today. The announcement will be made in just a few days, during the Plein Air Convention & Expo in Monterey!
Kim Casebeer won First Prize in the January/February bimonthly PleinAir Salon competition with an oil painting based on a location near her Topeka home. "It's important to have a special place I can get to in five or 10 minutes when I need inspiration for a new painting," she says. Find out more about the painting that is becoming Casebeer's signature image.
â€śOne key aspect of my approach to plein air painting came out of my 13 summers as a smokejumper,â€ť says Californian Davis Perkins, who came to our attention after he won an award in the PleinAir Salon competition. Find out what he means in this article, and during his presentation at the Plein Air Convention & Expo (www.pleinairconvention.com).
One of the landscape paintings that stands out among the semi-finalists selected by Michael Zakian in the September/October PleinAir Salon competition (www.pleinairsalon.com) is â€śAfter a Storm,â€ť by Philadelphia artist Patrick Connors. We wanted to find out more about how Connors created the piece he calls a â€śbreakthrough painting.â€ť
Jim McVicker didnâ€™t go to art school and hasnâ€™t participated in a workshop, yet his still life painting that just won the First Place award in the September/October PleinAir Salon competition was sold through one of the most prestigious galleries in the country. Find out how he succeeded.
If you entered the September/October PleinAir magazine Salon competition (www.pleinairsalon.com), you'll have the good fortune of having your artwork reviewed by Michael Zakian, director of the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University. Read about this museum director who organizes exhibitions of plein air paintings.
On the trip to Italy during which Todd A. Williams created the painting that just won the First Prize in the PleinAir Magazine Salon competition, he applied thick strokes of oil colors to panels he prepared by swirling and dabbing acrylic gesso. â€śTextures give my paintings more vitality, energy, and individuality,â€ť he explains.