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How to paint halos of light - Carl Bretzke, "Boot Store," 16 x 20 in.

Nocturne Know-How: Paint a Halo of Light in Your Night Scene

Check out this tip from Carl Bretzke on how to paint a halo of glow around light at night.
picture of artist Ryan Jensen painting en Plein Air

Artist Spotlight: Ryan Jensen

How did you get started and develop your career? My earliest memories are of my family and including my father, a painter, and mother, a...
Beth Bathe, "Pipkas Cottage," 2017, water-mixable oils, 12 x 24 in., Private collection, Plein air

Painting Tutorial: Water-Mixable Oils in Action

In this demonstration from PleinAir Magazine, we see how Beth Bathe uses water-mixable oils to create the tonal landscape painting, "Pipkas Cottage."

Featured Artwork

Olena Babak painting on location in Rocky Mountain National Park

Painting On Location: In Service of the Heart

Imbuing her work with the lessons of art history, this Maine oil painter takes advantage of amassed techniques and skills to stay in the moment and express her feelings about a scene.
Things people say to plein air artists

So What Does Your Spouse Do For a Living?

And other things people say to plein air artists...
Art fairs - Richard J. Oliver landscape painting

Inspired at Art Fairs

Plein air painter Richard J. Oliver shares how participating in art fairs has been more rewarding than he could have imagined.
Zufar Bikbov Plein Air Podcast Eric Rhoads

Plein Air Podcast 224: Russian Landscape Painter Zufar Bikbov

In this episode of the Plein Air Podcast, Eric Rhoads interviews Russian landscape painter Zufar Bikbov in a fascinating conversation.
Plein air painter Marc Hanson

Challenged by Mother Nature

How one artist broke out of the "winter blues" and, in hindsight of this project, the biggest lesson he learned.
Painting on location

When Painting on Location, What’s the Big Idea?

In this artist Q&A, Suzie Baker explains her process for painting on location, from "the big idea," to color, to how to assess a finished work.
As artists and creatives, many of us tend to be on the shy side. We like to focus on our own thing, and we enjoy being alone in the quiet, focused space of the creative process. But there comes a time when we’ll need to ...
Painting flowers outdoors

Now I Get It

"I always wondered why artists painted a series when there were tens of thousands of themes one could explore - until ..."
Eric Rhoads and friends painting en plein air at a Publisher's Invitational

Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for May 2022

Take advantage of these in-person and virtual plein air painting opportunities from our special guide!
Plein Air Podcast Eric Rhoads Mark Shasha

Plein Air Podcast 223: How Mark Shasha Keeps Getting to the Next Level

In this episode of the Plein Air Podcast, Eric Rhoads interviews Mark Shasha, an amazing plein air and studio artist.
How did you get started and then develop your career? Larry Cannon: I had one semester of watercolor during my architectural training but did not come back to painting until 30 years later. Once started I was fully immersed in...

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  1. Plein Air Podcast 224: Russian Landscape Painter Zufar Bikbov