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Painters Who Become Storytellers and Poets

“All of us, as artists, are on a path to develop and grow,” says Eric Rhoads. “Doing it on our own, being self-taught, is for some a badge of courage. Yet I’ve discovered that no matter how much I discover on my own, there are others who have figured things out that I would never think to explore.” Be inspired in this letter from the Publisher of Plein Air magazine.

Avoid Solvents on Location

Pennsylvania artist Beth Bathe uses water-mixable oils, which have some of the characteristics of oils, acrylics, and watercolors. See why you may want to use these paints and avoid oil solvents.
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January Plein Air Challenge: Painting Sunrises

Want to win a free art video workshop? It’s easy — simply join our January Challenge by sharing your art!

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Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Scipio Morning

In this weekly series Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting from the current issue.

See the Relationship Between Colors

Richard F. Lack (1928-2009) taught students not to see a colors in isolation, but rather to see them in relation to those that surround them. What were his teaching methods?
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PleinAir Podcast Episode 109: Jake Gaedtke on the Vetting Process, Painting Nocturnes, and More

In this week’s PleinAir Podcast, Eric Rhoads interviews Jake Gaedtke, who shares his passion for painting outdoors at night, the importance of the vetting process for plein air groups, and more.
“Town & Country: Where the Cities Meet the Pastures” is dedicated to paintings created by LPAPA members. This is a free event that welcomes all art lovers. Discover when you can visit the exhibition in this preview.
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5 Ways to Get Your Art Published

Follow these tips from Plein Air magazine Editor-in-Chief Kelly Kane to discover five ways to increase your network.
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Plein Air Tonalism with Acrylics

Two of a plein air painter’s favorite elements — light and atmosphere — are arguably best celebrated by a tonalist approach, as the work of this Oregon painter suggests.
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Call to Artists for 2019 Plein Air Festival

This art center has roots going back 60 years to the founding of its city’s identity as an “art colony.” Could you be one of the artists selected to participate?
Add some of these unexpected “supplies” to your stash to make painting more convenient, more fun, and perhaps even more interesting.
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Plein Air Heritage: Artist Fred F. Scherer

Starting in the late 1880s, many natural history museums established a practice of showcasing animals in dioramas that would allow visitors to see the specimens in an exact location rather than a generic scene. Meet a master who painted those dioramas from plein air sketches.
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Make the Most of Your Next Art Workshop

Take in this expert advice from six highly respected painting instructors to improve your experience — and art — the next time you sign up for a workshop.
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PleinAir Podcast with Eric Rhoads Episode 108: Ed Terpening on Painting Full Time and...

Score advice on transitioning from retirement (or a current “day job”) to being a full-time painter, how to handle the double-edged sword of social media, and more in this week’s PleinAir Podcast.
Consider this question and see what Joe Paquet has to say about getting better as a painter and . . .

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