Tips (63)

This series returns, with plein air painter and instructor Jeanne Mackenzie taking a look at new paintings by contemporary artists and pointing out why they succeed as painted images. This week, Aimee Erickson's "Shaft of Sunlight."

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 11:01

Tahoe Artist Suggests Silk Painting Outdoors

Written by Bob Bahr

Addie Chernus paints on silk on location and loves it. There are at least three reasons why.

Monday, 03 November 2014 18:06

Color Harmony Assured

Written by Bob Bahr

San Diego painter Danny Griego finds that a limited palette virtually ensures color harmony in his paintings, and helps him express mood.

Monday, 03 November 2014 17:58

Getting Just a Bit More Height

Written by Bob Bahr

Do you keep bed risers in your car? Evidently, plein air warrior Williamson Tapia does.

Monday, 27 October 2014 12:53

Using Black and Red to Work on Greens

Written by Bob Bahr

Brian Brigham was not satisfied with the darks in his plein air pastels, so he took a novel approach: He worked on a black background. And he blocked in the darker areas with red.

Monday, 20 October 2014 15:38

Suggesting Detail in 75 Minutes, Step by Step

Written by Bob Bahr

Brazilian painter Marcelo Romani Borges de Araujo agreed to share with our readers some photos of a painting in its various stages, and a brief description of his process for each stage.

Monday, 20 October 2014 15:20

240 Tips from Top Painters -- Free

Written by Bob Bahr

Imagine an industrious artist running around the last three Plein Air Conventions, jotting down bits of the wisdom heard from the stages and the outdoor setups, from the demonstrations and the after-hours assemblies. That's kind of what a new, free publication from PleinAir magazine is like.

Saturday, 11 October 2014 11:52

Composition and Cropping, as Easy as (Pizza) Pie

Written by Bob Bahr

Ever find that the composition seems right and ready in your viewfinder, but during the painting session, that original vision goes askew? Grab a pizza box.

Monday, 06 October 2014 11:29

Gurney on Gouache, Casein

Written by Bob Bahr

Among the 20 instructors at the recent Susan Kathleen Black Foundation workshop in Dubois, Wyoming, was James Gurney. He took a moment to talk about the advantages of working en plein air in gouache and casein.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013 22:42

"Throwing Gouache Around" on Location

Written by Steve Doherty

Gary Geraths refers to his technique of using gouache -- or opaque watercolor -- as "throwing it around." In part that's because gouache can be used quickly on location, and in part because the paints are fast-drying and forgiving.

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