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Plein Air Salon - "Morning Shadows at Pt Lobos" by Brian Blood

6 Magnificent Works From the May Salon

Jane Bell Meyer, owner of Illume Gallery of Fine Art, has revealed her selections for the winners in this round of the Plein Air Salon.
Oil painting of a shed with sheep in front

Artist Spotlight: Carolyn Lindsey

Carolyn Lindsey finds that interpreting her vision sometimes goes well and she’s on cloud nine, and other times it’s a struggle, but there is always hope for the next painting!
Pastel painting by Tony Allain

One Way to Become a Better Artist

If you’ve been dreaming of bringing a looser and more painterly feel to your work, this will be the most important message you read today.

Featured Artwork

Color blocking in art demonstration

What Is Color Blocking in Art?

In this interview with Eric Rhoads, colorist Camille Przewodek explains why she stresses the importance of color blocking for artists, which she compares to practicing scales for musicians.
Brett “Mon” Garling, “Capertree Blues,” 2020, oil, 11 3/4 x 15 3/4 in., Collection the artist, Plein air

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Capertree Blues

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Capertree Blues."
Artist Michele Byrne painting outdoors in Santa Fe

Artist Spotlight: Michele Byrne

For Michele Byrne, her definition of success has changed over the years. “Today I’m seeking inner satisfaction. If a piece makes my heart sing, I know I’m one step closer to reaching my goals.”
Stephen Quiller is a legendary artist known for teaching color and color theory. In this interview, he discusses painting with casein and more with Eric Rhoads.
Plein air painting of leaves in water

One Plein Air Artist’s Wild Wooded Story

Walking the remnants of an old wagon trail past ancient stands of pine, white oak, elm, hickory, sweetgum, maple, hornbeam, and red oak, this artist felt drawn into a reverie.
Bicycle and plein air painting

Painting My Way ’Cross the USA — By Bicycle! Part II

In 2019, Lewis Williams began painting his way from California to Maine - by bicycle. Here, he gives us an update on his journey, including the biggest bonus, which came unexpectedly.
acrylic painting en plein air

Advantages of Acrylic and Plein Air

The qualities of acrylic don't have to be a disadvantage en plein air. How?
Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Every Shade of White" by Kathleen Dunphy.
Artist painting outdoors in a canoe

Artist Spotlight: Manon Sander

Manon Sander fell head over heels in love with painting, especially plein air because it turns painting into an adventure. She realized that in order to grow as an artist, she had to dedicate herself to painting exclusively.
How to paint with pastels

Shapes Before Subject

What makes a painting successful at the finish might just be what you do at the start. Check out these underpaintings and advice from Barbara Jaenicke, who is on the Pastel Live faculty!
Susan Lais Hostetler en plein air

My Private Art: Confessions of an Introverted Painter

Why one artist paints en plein air, despite the public aspect of it. Can you relate?
It’s hard for a lot of artists to “take the plunge” into full-time painting, let along taking up art in the first place. However, this story is about as extreme — and entertaining — as it gets.


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