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Eric Rhoads painting outdoors - Watercolor Live

A Game Changer For Your Art and Life

If you really want to move the needle with your watercolor skills, it’s important that you’re learning from the right people. Here's how you can do so - this week!
Atmospheric paintings by Richard Schloss

3-Minute Q&A with Atmospheric Painter Richard Schloss

Get a quick dose of inspiration in this Q&A regarding Richard Schloss’s atmospheric art, his inspiration, and the single-word answer to his most commonly asked question.
Oil painting of a city

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...

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Artist Joseph McGurl painting en plein air

How Joseph McGurl Uses Sight-Size Drawing

Joseph McGurl champions the sight-size method, which allows him to spend less time drawing and more time painting; here's how.
Landscape oil painting of snowy mountain

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Whetstone in April

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Whetstone in April" by Shaun Horne.
PleinAir Podcast with Eric Rhoads - Mark Sublette

PleinAir Podcast 202: From the Art Dealer Diaries, Part 2

In this second half of Eric's interview on the Art Dealer Diaries Podcast with Mark Sublette, Eric shares his interesting path to publishing and how Plein Air grew into a convention, Salon, and more. Listen and be inspired as he talks about the importance of doing what you love.
In a special tribute to Greg LaRock, we share previous interviews about his life in art and painting process, and special memories from his friends and loved ones.
Watercolor painting on an easel by Indiana river

Painting Indiana Rivers: Using Art to Highlight Conservation

How do you paint 100 landscapes of 20 rivers without them looking alike? See how these plein air painters are dedicating their time to both painting and the environment, and how folks from artists to anglers are helping them discover each location's unique features.
Painting of Zoroaster Peak by Thomas Moran

Thomas Moran’s Grand Adventure

Learn how Moran came to be one of the most famous landscape artists, and the meaning behind his secret signature.
Tertiary, Monochromatic, and Analogous Colors - Color Theory - OutdoorPainter.com

Tertiary, Monochromatic, and Analogous Colors

Because I’ve been painting so long, I use color intuitively. I just “feel” my color. I choose colors automatically and know which ones harmonize or contrast with each other depending on the effect I want. I have long since stored by paint-splattered color wheel deep in a drawer in my studio, ignoring the wealth of information hidden within it. I’m sure I learned all there was to know about color in high school or college, so what is the point?
In this special edition, listen to an interview with Mark Sublette of the Art Dealers Diaries podcast as he interviews Eric Rhoads about his path from the radio business to art, how he keeps up with his daily live videos with other artists, and much more.
Pastel painting of a seashore

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Memorial Day

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Memorial Day" by Liz Haywood-Sullivan.
Ginny Good painting en plein air

Just Do the Preliminary Sketch – and 25 Other Painting Aha Moments

Do you remember the first time a painting concept clicked for you? For these Dreamliners, the big "aha" moment came during plein air workshops, painting travels, and even at recent Streamline events such as Plein Air Live, the world's first online art conference. Keep reading to see if you've shared some of these special moments!
Painting nocturnes in plein air

19 Tips for Painting Day-to-Night Nocturnes

Whether you paint exclusively en plein air or split your time between indoors and out, we hope the tips shared here entice you to try your first day-to-night scene or help you make your next one that much more believable.
Tom Heinsohn's "painting buddy" shares a warm tribute to the man he knew as a plein air painter who taught him many memorable lessons.

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  1. PleinAir Podcast 202: From the Art Dealer Diaries, Part 2