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Painting From Olana to Newburgh

Wallkill River School hosted the 3rd Annual Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival (New York) featuring 30 artists who traveled from across the country to participate and compete for prizes against some of the best regional artists.
Plein air painting and art retreats

Plein Air Surprises in Canada

Those who venture beyond the studio to paint outdoors know that surprises are often around the corner. For this group of adventurous artists, nature did not disappoint.
PleinAir Podcast Episode 97: Michael Holter

PleinAir Podcast Episode 97: Michael Holter

Publisher Eric Rhoads interviews American Impressionist Michael Holter in this week’s PleinAir Podcast. Holter shares why painting outdoors is a “vital” part of his artistic process, even when he’s back in the art studio, and much more!

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How to paint landscapes

Transcending the Landscape: John A. Varriano

This New York State oil painter, a figure drawing instructor at New York City’s famed Art Students League, works to go beyond pictorial reportage of the landscape and express something more.
Plein air oil painting

Kelly’s Pick of the Week: Sunflowers in the Garden

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

Award-Winning Artists Return to Ranching and Roping

Learn about the upcoming EnPleinAirTEXAS painting competition, hosted by the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts.
These artists were ready to paint the mountains, rivers, farm fields, beaches, and boat havens, all while vying for $12,000 in cash prizes. See who won which awards here!
Plein air painting trips

A Magical Greek Odyssey

In 1993, Diana Madaras went to Greece to paint, and it changed her life. Three years after that trip, she sold her marketing company to become a full-time artist and opened a galley a few years later. So why return to Greece 25 years after that first fateful trip, and what happened this time? Here’s the inside story . . .
Plein air painting trips

Painting Abroad en Plein Air: “All That and Then Some”

“Any journey that begins with a safari through the African bush and ends with a visit to one of the world's Seven Wonders — with built-in time for painting along the way — is bound to offer some choice experiences between those unique bookends.” Discover them here and be inspired to take your first step toward a painting trip of a lifetime.
Watercolor landscape paintings

Kelly’s Pick of the Week: Lunch in Limoux

In this weekly series Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting from the current issue.
Once considered treacherous, the coast became a place of leisure, where one could become happily immersed in nature. It’s no wonder then that beaches and coastlines have been — and continue to be — such popular painting subjects.
PleinAir Art Podcast

PleinAir Podcast Episode 96: Laurie Kersey

Laurie Kersey’s work includes the dramatic coastline and quiet countryside of California through still lifes, floral, figure, and equine paintings. In this week's podcast, Kersey explains why she considers drawing to be the foundation of painting, the fact that her signature is not a stamp, and more.

Asserting Your Own Voice as a Plein Air Painter

Plein air events stimulate interest in outdoor painting among collectors, artists, and critics, but they can also pressure artists to abandon their unique styles of paintings and adopt accepted community standards. Cynthia Rosen is resisting that pressure.
PleinAir Art Podcast

PleinAir Podcast Episode 95: Susan Nicholas Gephart

In the latest PleinAir Podcast, Eric Rhoads interviews Susan Nicholas Gephart. Listen in as she shares with us the importance of being a part of a community, advertising and marketing one's art, having a system of support, why she doesn’t use a brush to mix her colors, and much more!
This Pennsylvania painter is looking forward to her annual “shot in the arm” at the Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE). What does she mean by that?

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