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Plein air artist Don Demers

Plein Air Spotlight: Donald Demers

Interesting fact: His maritime experience came about as a crew member aboard many traditional sailing vessels including schooners and square-riggers. Learn more about this plein air painter, and be inspired.
Art Renewal Center Salon

ARC Salon Now Accepting Entries

The ARC introduces new categories and a call to plein air artists this year: “To paint outdoors, completely from life is its own skill, and one that we are proud to highlight in our competition.”
Clark Mitchell, PleinAir Podcast

PleinAir Podcast Episode 114: Clark Mitchell on Painting Majestic Landscapes and More

Clark Mitchell on majestic painting scenes, advice for younger artists, painting with pastels — and much more — in this PleinAir Podcast with Eric Rhoads.

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Plein air pastel paintings

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Out to Dry

In this weekly series Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting from the current issue.

The 6B Graphite Pencil: An Essential Drawing Tool

Toolbox tip: Learn about the drawing tool that Michael Chesley Johnson says is essential for plein air artists.
San Francisco Bay painting

Plein Air Painting in San Francisco and Wine Country

Have you ever dreamed of painting en plein air along the California coast? If so, you’ll want to listen to this FREE webinar, during which you’ll learn the ins and outs of painting in the San Francisco Bay Area.
When painting outdoors, it is important that you capture this piece first.
Kami Mendlik - PleinAir Podcast

PleinAir Podcast Episode 113: Kami Mendlik on Setting Art Goals and More

Kami Mendlik on achieving art goals, improving your art, some of the issues women face as artists — and much more — in this PleinAir Podcast with Eric Rhoads.

Related Women, Related Paintings: Sisters, Friends, and Commissioned Landscapes

Susan Nicholas Gephart shares the compelling story about how a set of sisters commissioned her to paint meaningful landscapes.
Plein air challenge

February Plein Air Challenge: Painting Street Scenes

Want to win a free art video workshop? It’s easy — simply join our February Challenge by sharing your art!
Services are being held this week to honor his life and legacy.
Plein air watercolor painting

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Stroll Along Discovery Lake

In this weekly series Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting from the current issue.
En Train Air - plein air painting trip

En Train Air

This project celebrates a little-observed but crucial aspect of the American experience — the coming and going of the daily train, linking small towns to the nation at large.

Spotlight on PACE Faculty: Joe Gyurcsak and the Joy of Mud

Joe Gyurcsak is not afraid of color, as his paintings show. But his favorite quote is from Edgar Degas, who said that galleries wanted colorful paintings, “but if I could have had my own way, I would have confined myself to black and white.” The Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) instructor explains.
The year 1910 marked a dramatic shift in Edward Dufner’s style of painting. It was then that he adopted an impressionist manner and began producing vibrantly painted pastoral scenes both outdoors and in his studio.

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