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Expressionism in the Tetons

The varied and vivid landscapes of Wyoming move oil painter Bill Sawczuk to take a more expressive approach to plein air painting. Read more in this exclusive excerpt from our current issue (on newsstands now).

A Winning Work, Painted Through Cold Temps and Changing Light

By Carl Bretzke (carlbretzke.com) Bretzke’s “December Sunset Near Farmer’s Market” (above) was the Grand Prize Winner in the 5th Plein Air Salon Art Competition (now...

Architecturals in the Landscape: A Painterly Approach

Tempted to cover up an awkward part of your painting with a random landscape element? Find out why you shouldn't, and more great advice, in this guest blog post from outdoor painter Peggy Immel.

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A, Um, Surprising, Paper Adhesive for Painting Outdoors

Have you ever found yourself without an essential tool for painting outdoors? Such was the case for Dan Marshall, who brilliantly improvised when he forgot to pack tape with his art supplies.

Painting Outdoors and What Failure Can Teach Us

One of the beautiful things about art is that if we pay attention, we can apply what we learn to almost any area of our life, and vice versa. Such is the case with the following advice that plein air artist Larry Cannon shares about failure, success, and the awe that is nature.

Hot Off the Easel: The Challenge of Painting “Crossing Light”

The story of my painting "Crossing Light" is all about light and how it leads the eye around the painting and then lands on the main character in the immediate foreground. But first I should back up and explain why I chose to paint this scene...
Learn about the next plein air retreat hosted by the Federation of Canadian Artists.

PleinAir Podcast Episode 64: Alvaro Castagnet and a New Vision for Watercolor

Listen to this new PleinAir Podcast with Eric Rhoads to learn more about Alvaro Castagnet, his art, and why he says seeing the end result of your work is critical for watercolor artists in particular.

Small, Vibrant Palette Knife Paintings: A Gallery of Art

Shortly after discovering palette knife paintings, this Maryland artist established a set of materials and techniques that now allow her to create intuitive responses to the color, light, and texture of the landscape.

Decisions, Decisions: Painting Outdoors with Watercolor and/or Oil

Artist Cindy Baron shares how and why she chooses which medium to use at plein air events.
Vladislav Yeliseyev shares insights on painting two different landscape subjects, and the brushes he uses for them, in this artist profile from Plein Air Today.

Light Like No Other I Have Seen: Painting Outdoors in San Miguel de Allende,...

Approximately 476 years ago a Friar Miguel established the town of San Miguel de Allende, and the rest is history! For artists who enjoy painting outdoors, the history and architectural structures of this ancient town was eye candy.

PleinAir Podcast Episode 63: The Interesting Path of Ned Mueller

Listen to this new PleinAir Podcast to be inspired and learn more from Ned Mueller, who says, “We learn in three stages - we paint what we know, we paint what we see, and we paint what we feel.”

Library Video Collection Brings Artists Together

In this community event, artists are invited to explore the extensive art instructional DVD video collection of the Southbury Public Library, select a video, and create their own artwork inspired by the instructor.
Ultimately, when you paint a landscape, you’re painting movement. The air moves, the light changes; it’s never static. Light and atmospheric forces act upon the components of the landscape to create a story, and it’s up to you as the artist to pick the story you want to tell...

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