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Stanhope Forbes, "A Fish Sale on a Cornish Beach," oil on canvas

Plein Air or Nothing

In this edition of "Plein Air Heritage," learn about a British artist who said the only way to achieve success was to ...
Ben Bauer, featured in the PleinAir Podcast with Eric Rhoads

PleinAir Podcast 207: Ben Bauer’s Leap to Becoming a Full-Time Artist

In this episode Eric interviews contemporary American landscape painter Ben Bauer, who recently left his job to become a full-time artist. They discuss this, as well as key essentials to know about art materials; how painting in plein air changed his work; tips on composition; and more.
Marcia Burtt, “Barn at Walking R Ranch,” 2011, acrylic, 20 x 30 in., Private collection, Plein air

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Barn at Walking R Ranch

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Barn at Walking R Ranch" by Marcia Burtt.

Featured Artwork

A 15-Minute Dramatic Skies Drawing Exercise

Dramatic Skies in 15 Minutes

Doing a drawing exercise for even a few minutes a day can make a difference in both your comfort level and skills. So get out your sketchbook and favorite drawing utensil, and draw away during this 15-minute montage of amazing skies.
Ivan Chow, author of "Travel Sketching: Drawing Insights from Instanbul"

On Keeping a Travel Art Journal: Tips for Artists

In this excerpt from Ivan Chow's  "Travel Sketching: Drawing Insights from Istanbul," the artist shares his approach to a practice that is both satisfying and memorable.
Plein air painter John Eiseman

Something is Missing

An artist reflects on what was and what is, and share the touching story behind his plein air painting, "Enjoy the View."
Spring is coming, and so are these in-person plein air painting opportunities. Check out these upcoming events from our Ultimate Guide! As a special bonus, we're even including advice for 2021 art event organizers so you can make it the best year yet.
“Side Step,” by David Boyd, Jr., 2015, oil on linen, 12 x 24 in.

Seeing the Unconventional, on Location

It took an unconventional painting done from a photograph taken at an extreme vantage point to set David Boyd, Jr. on his current path as a plein air painter.
Tom Lynch on the Plein Air Podcast

PleinAir Podcast 206: Watercolor Artist Tom Lynch on Building an Art Career and More

In this episode of the Plein Air Podcast, Eric interviews watercolor artist Tom Lynch; listen and learn how to build a career and make a successful living from someone who has done both.
Tobi Clement, “Martini Time,” 2019, pastel, 16 x 20 in., Studio from plein air study

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Martini Time

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Martini Time" by Tobi Clement.
Do you feel pressured to paint faster when en plein air? If you're tempted to practice the "smash and grab" technique, you might want to think twice. Here's why.
Plein Air Podcast - Kevin Macpherson

How to Transform Your Paintings in 3 Days

Give us just three days and you'll discover the techniques used by the leading landscape and outdoor painting masters.
Self-portrait of John Coleman, featured in the PleinAir Podcast with Eric Rhoads

PleinAir Podcast 205: John Coleman on Artist Success and More

In this episode of the Plein Air Podcast, Eric interviews Western artist John Coleman, who shares what, to him (and to many successful artists), is the scariest thing in the world - it's not what you think.
Rick J. Delanty, “Spring Clouds Over the Pier,” 2020, acrylic under oil, 11 x 14 in., Private collection, Plein air

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Spring Clouds Over the Pier

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Spring Clouds Over the Pier" by Rick J. Delanty.
The varied and vivid landscapes of this state inspire oil painter Bill Sawczuk to take a more expressive approach to plein air painting when it comes to this subject. “I’ve seen people cry at the effort. They are good painters, but they come here and try to paint these mountains and it wrecks them."

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