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An Ancestral Plein Air Journey

Read about a plein air painter’s journey to the magical — though traumatic — land of Poland.
Plein air artists community

An Abiding Passion for Painting

After attending this event for the first time, Suzie Baker hasn’t missed a year since. See why, and learn how to get your own spot for 2019.
Plein air artist Don Demers

Artist 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.

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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.
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.
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.

PleinAir Tip from Stefan Baumann: Sketch Quickly

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.
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!
Artist James Asher

Prominent Watercolor Artist Passes Away

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.

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