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Lori McNee

Plein Air Painting — “MacGyver” Style

When caught in a plein air painter’s paradise without all the “necessary” tools, Lori McNee got creative, and her horse helped. Here’s how...
Olena Babak, “Morning at St. Michaels,” 2017, oil, 14 x 18 in., Private collection, Plein air

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Morning at St. Michaels

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting. This week's feature is “Morning at St. Michaels” by Olena Babak.
PleinAir Podcast - Molly Siple - OutdoorPainter.com

PleinAir Podcast 146: Molly Siple on Building Your Art Career and More

In this week’s PleinAir Podcast with Eric Rhoads, contemporary art historian and author Molly Siple talks about building your art career, and much more.

Featured Artwork

Plein air landscape painting - Debra Latham - OutdoorPainter.com

Impressionist Realism in Landscapes

Debra Latham explains how to achieve an impressionistic look, and still retain that “touch of realism.”
PleinAir Podcast - Matt Ryder - OutdoorPainter.com

PleinAir Podcast 145: Matt Ryder on Painting in the Desert and More

In this week’s PleinAir Podcast with Eric Rhoads, meet British artist Matt Ryder, who is a full-time artist working in Dubai, UAE.
Mitch Baird, “Boat Builders Entry,” 2018, oil, 11 x 14 in., Collection the artist, Plein air

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Boat Builders Entry

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting. This week's feature is “Boat Builders Entry” by Mitch Baird.
Take a moment from your busy day to enjoy a tranquil moment with an artist painting waves in Southern California...
Celebration of Art

And the Winners Are…

Discover the award winners of two recent major plein air events!
Painting excursions - Fall Color Week - OutdoorPainter.com

Accidental Magic and More During Fall Color Week

Almost 100 artists gathered to paint the stunning landscapes of Ghost Ranch, while also forming lifetime friendships. Enjoy these photos of the painting excursion, and be inspired.
Plein air art history - Claude Lorrain - OutdoorPainter.com

Plein Air Heritage: Claude Lorrain (1600-1682)

As a plein air painter, you are part of one of the largest art movements in history. Learn about artist Claude Lorrain here.
In this week’s PleinAir Podcast with Eric Rhoads, artist and art-lover Benny Sanders explains how to grow your Instagram account, and more.
Peggy Immel, “Fireweed,” 2018, oil, 12 x 12 in., Private collection, Plein air

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Fireweed

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting. This week's feature is “Fireweed” by Peggy Immel.
Plein air oil painting how-to - Lynn Dunbar - OutdoorPainter.com

Oil Painting Demo: Irises by Lynn Dunbar

To help market her artwork, Lynn Dunbar summarized her approach to plein air and studio painting and emphasized her response to the spirit, vitality, and beauty of her home state.
painting advice - Nancy Tankersley

When “Paint What You See” Doesn’t Work

If we only paint observationally and we rely on our visual perceptions, we are often wrong in our drawing and our values. Here’s why.
A movement like this continues only with an orchestrated effort, and I for one want to see my children’s children able to take part in it.

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  1. PleinAir Podcast 146: Molly Siple on Building Your Art Career and More