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5 Tips From a Plein Air Pro

No-fear plein air painting requires a little planning, a healthy dose of respect for nature and a keen sense of humor. With Brenda Boylan’s simple tips for painting en plein air, you’ll be able to hit the ground running and make the most of your experience.

Plein Air Paint Like a Boy Scout: Be Prepared!

Award-winning plein air painter Kathleen Dunphy knows a thing or two about maximizing her time in the field. Here, she shares four secrets to staying at the ready for whenever inspiration strikes.

Weekend Opportunity: Who’s Chasing Light in Northern Colorado?

If you’re around town in Fort Collins, Colorado, this week/weekend you might want to stop by the Carnegie Building on Matthews Street for a brilliant display of local plein air magic.

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How to Paint Beaches and Boats — and Win

Hosted between November 7-12, Paint the Beach in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, is — naturally — a fantastic fall opportunity for a plein air showdown. All told, the sunny skies and range of artistic talent left judge Vladislav Yelisleyev with tough decisions. Which artists had an early Thanksgiving feast?

VIDEO: A Light in the Valley

Presented by Nitram Art Inc., this deeply moving film follows artist Nic De Jesus and his year-long artist-in-residence program at the Saltmarsh Farmhouse — a 16th century country house in the Cuckmere Valley. After experiencing a psychological breakdown, Nic began an enquiry within, to explore his full potential, that is becoming far more than he ever imagined.

Drifting into Plein Air Beauty

The remarkably talented painter Joshua Cunningham is presenting his newest series of plein air works, titled “Driftless,” at Minneapolis’ Groveland Gallery. What’s the story behind the works? Find out here.

Left Thinking

Participating in a multi-day plein air painting event leads to growth — and many questions. At Capitola this year, I created two paintings that reached my mark of satisfaction. The other seven left me wanting much more. A few days later, I was left asking why.

Florida Through Russian Eyes

Plein air impressionist painters Julia Kostova, Rustem Stahurski, Viktorija Bulava, Irina Alexandrina, and Mikhail Shapovalenko will each be represented during a colorful group exhibition at East West Fine Art.

Don’t Let Your Salon Victory Slip Away. . .

Only hours remain to submit your materials for the October/November PleinAir Salon!  You could win $250, $500, or even $1,000 if your painting is chosen for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place by judge Scott Shields.  When is the deadline?

OPPORTUNITY: Rockport, Texas, in May

Registration opened on October 2 for the annual Plein Air Southwest Competition & Show, featuring more than $25,000 in awards. However, the deadline for entry looms. . .
I was asked by the travel editor of a national publication to identify the top 10 painting locations favored by plein air artists. I immediately asked my friends on Facebook what their choices would include, and I received hundreds of recommendations.

May “Peace” Be With You

Twelve talented plein air painters will be featuring their works this December in California for a can’t-miss group show. Find out here who’s included and where!

AWA’s Ready for Spring

Just before Thanksgiving, American Women Artists (AWA) announced their upcoming 2018 Spring Online Juried Show — an exclusive juried show opportunity for Associate and Associate with Distinction members.

‘Tis the Season

Galleries and museums across the nation are in the full swing of their holiday shows, including the Brinton Museum in Big Horn, Wyoming, which is currently showcasing nearly 300 artworks by 101 artists from across the country.
For 10 years running, the beautiful Temecula Valley has offered talented outdoor painters plenty of inspiration during the Ralph Love Plein Air Invitational. Who recently earned distinction?

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