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Open-Air Painting in Europe, 1780–1870

This exhibition of some 100 oil sketches made outdoors across Europe during that time includes several recently discovered works and explores issues such as attribution, chronology, and technique.

Is Ultramarine a Cool Blue?

Particularly in plein air painting, where carrying a lot of paint tubes around and having a complex palette is often avoided, artists go for a split-primary palette, with a warm and cool for each primary color. So what is your warm blue?
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Your Plein Air Events Guide for February 2020

Looking for a local event for February 2020? Check out these listings of upcoming plein air events!

Featured Artwork

Chuck Waldman on the PleinAir Podcast - OutdoorPainter.com

PleinAir Podcast 156: Oil Painter Chuck Waldman on Art Materials and More

In this episode, we welcome landscape oil painter Chuck Waldman, who was a family practitioner before he became a full-time artist.
PleinAir Salon winning artist - Eric Bowman - OutdoorPainter.com

Derived From Life: The Paintings of PleinAir Salon Winner Eric Bowman

Even if an Eric Bowman piece is done in the studio, it is utterly informed by his work outdoors.

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Between Two Boats

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is “Between Two Boats” by Ryan Jensen.
Kathleen Kalinowski shares what it’s like to paint in the cold Michigan winter, and why it has its benefits.
Oil landscape painting - John MacDonald

Understanding Value Keys for Painting Landscapes

The key of a painting refers to its overall appearance in value or, more specifically, to the position of its foundation values on the value scale. John MacDonald explains.

Going to Extremes: Plein Air Painting in a Rail Yard

An artist shares how he followed his muse and made his way into a rail yard to paint a burned out and abandoned train car.
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How to Sell Your Art in 2020

Why isn’t your art selling? More importantly, how do you make it sell in 2020? Find out in this letter from Eric Rhoads.
In this week’s PleinAir Podcast with Eric Rhoads, listen to the second half of this fascinating interview with Tim Allen Lawson.
Pastel plein air paintings - Maria Marino - OutdoorPainter.com

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Morning at Back Creek — Eastport

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is “Morning at Back Creek — Eastport” by Maria Marino.

OPPORTUNITY: Artist Residency in Montana

Like the idea of staying in a remote cabin for two weeks and painting in nature? Find out how you can apply for this 2020 Artist Residency.

Coming Soon to Florida: Plein Fun Fest

Held in a “hidden gem” on the coast of Florida, this plein air festival raised over $8,000 last year. See what’s in store for 2020 in this announcement!
Christine Lashley gets a wide variety of responses — everything from rude negativity to nods from those in the know — when people discover that she paints with both traditional and water-mixable oils. Here are the benefits and the drawbacks as she has experienced them.

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