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The 10 Most Common Mistakes Painters Make |

The 10 Most Common Mistakes Painters Make

Tackle these common issues to start make better paintings sooner rather than later with this painting advice from John Cosby.
5 Plein Air Paintings from Hawaii |

Five Winning Plein Air Paintings from The Aloha State

Get a recap of the recent Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational and view some of the winning paintings here.
PleinAir Art Podcast with Eric Rhoads and George Van Hook

PleinAir Art Podcast Episode 68: George Van Hook on Learning Art

Listen to figurative painter George Van Hook’s interview with Eric Rhoads, in which they discuss the act of copying art in order to learn how to create, and more.

Featured Artwork

Painting Abroad: Four Artists Share Their Reflections and Advice

Painting Abroad: Four Artists Share Their Reflections and Advice

See through the eyes of four outdoor painters who traveled to Cuba to paint this “beautiful and complex” place.
Field studies and small works by William Matthews

On View: Field Studies and Small Paintings by William Matthews

A selection of plein air field studies and more...
Plein air paintings - Rick Delanty

Plein Air Art, From the Magazine to a Private Collection

A painting featured in Plein Air magazine finds a home after being discovered by a reader who felt connected to it.
Discover what this group of artists got to experience while visiting Cuba with Publisher Eric Rhoads. Hint: It included much more than plein air painting!

Why 30 Degrees Below Zero Doesn’t Stop These Outdoor Painters

Since 2010, painters have gathered at YMCA Camp Menogyn to paint the austere beauty of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in the heart of winter.

Hiking to (and Painting) Sperry Chalet

Miles of hiking through the glaciers of Montana led Linda Tippetts to paint “Sperry Chalet,” which later suffered from the park fires of 2017. Read about her thrilling trek in this guest blog post.

PleinAir Podcast Episode 67: John MacDonald on Using Photoshop and More

Listen in as Eric Rhoads interviews outdoor painter John MacDonald in this enlightening podcast about creating successful paintings and more.
Artist to artist, a message from Plein Air magazine’s newly retired Editor-in-Chief.

The Visual Tools You Need to Create Atmospheric Perspective

Master these elements to give your paintings a powerful sense of atmospheric depth.

Three Important Skills Every Landscape Painter Needs

Simply stated, when these three divisions are understood and put into practice, competent landscape paintings can happen.

PleinAir Podcast Episode 66: Joe Anna Arnett on Artistic Responsibility and More

In the latest PleinAir Podcast, Eric Rhoads interviews Santa Fe artist Joe Anna Arnett, who shares her two art “soapbox” topics. Visit our site to listen to the podcast today.
With only days left until the next Plein Air Salon art competition closes, learn how you can enter your best art and win up to $15,000. And, be inspired by Anna Eggleston’s winning sketchbook entry, “Cora.” See more of her work and learn how you can enter the Plein Air Salon today.

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