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Are You Using Protection?

It’s summer, and the heat is on. Don’t let the romance of painting ruin your…
Plein air painter Jack McGowan

A Welcome Relief at Hermits Peak Fire

In light of the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon fire — and as a Santa Fe plein air painter — Jack McGowan came up with an idea to ...
Painting a Cityscape - "Union Pacific" by John Hughes, plein air

Painting a Cityscape (the Full Plein Air Experience)

One beautiful autumn day, I painted in downtown Salt Lake City; which turned out to be an experience to remember!

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Artist Spotlight: Ryan Jensen

How did you get started and develop your career? My earliest memories are of my family and including my father, a painter, and mother, a...

Artist Spotlight: Deborah McAllister

Deborah McAllister: I have been creating art all my life. After finishing graphic design school at age 21, I studied painting and began entering...
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Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for July 2022

Take advantage of these in-person and virtual plein air painting opportunities from our special guide!
Plein air painting in bad weather

Plein Air Painting … in a Pod

You may know Sharon Bamber from her incredible 1,000-mile expedition of walking and painting the Way of Saint James in Spain. Here's her brilliant solution to painting through the snow and rain.
plein air artist Mitch Baird

Painting Landscapes: As He Sees It

Natural color and light effects punctuate the work of Arizona oil painter Mitch Baird.
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Watch: Secrets of Sketching en Plein Air

In case you missed it, check out this interview below with Paul Kratter, who demonstrates helpful techniques for sketching en plein air.
Everyone is welcome to this annual event, which is a no-pressure week of simply painting with friends.
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Artist Spotlight: Cindy Briggs

How did you develop your unique style? Cindy Briggs: My style has evolved through various life experiences, travel, workshops, simply painting, and painting more. From a...
Plein Air Convention - photo by Cherie Dawn Haas

27 Aha Moments and Memories from PACE

I reached out to some of our friends who attended PACE this year, and asked them to share their favorite memories from the event. Keep reading to see pics and hear about what we all experienced - including a surprise guest appearance that’s guaranteed to make you smile.
artist painting en plein air in Tuolumne Meadows

Artist Spotlight: Ellen Howard

How did you get started and then develop your career? Ellen Howard: I grew up in a house that appreciated the arts and I was...
Mary Longe explains why you should consider a competitive plein air event, including the various types, common elements, and what not to do.


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