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Artist Spotlight: Krystal W. Brown

As Krystal states, “Someone is waiting for what you will bring to the world. Why keep them waiting?” Find out what legacy she’d choose to leave with her art.

How to Paint a Nude Figure en Plein Air

Expert artist Patricia Watwood, who is classically trained, shares a step-by-step demo of how to paint a figure en plein air.
Plein air painting of water

Tips on Painting Ocean Water

Catherine Fasciato paints water wonderfully, particularly the ocean waves along the California coastline, where she lives. Her advice for painting convincing waves and seascapes is simple, but devilishly difficult.

Featured Artwork

Palette Knife as Ticket to Simplification

For Jane Boyd, the key to simplifying her paintings was simply to put down the paintbrush.
William Merritt Chase plein air seaside painting

Loose and Luminous in Long Island: Our Plein Air Heritage

In the late 1800's, plein air painting was still relatively new to the United States, but growing rapidly in popularity...
Oil painting of daffodils

A “Contrived Cop Out”

Lori Putnam, who is on the faculty of Plein Air Live, takes us into her process for painting a bright bouquet of backlit daffodils, and explains why one option for the color choices would have been a "contrived cop out."
Today’s painters continue to find joy and inspiration in gardens and green spaces of every description. Here are five paintings to celebrate this beautiful subject.
Oil painting of cherry tree

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Cherries

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Cherries" by Beth Bathe.
James Willis, featured in the PleinAir Podcast

PleinAir Podcast 210: James Willis on Painting Architecture and More

In this episode of the Plein Air Podcast, Eric interviews British artist James Willis on painting buildings and cityscapes, art history, and more.
McMahon’s plein air setup on Fort Myers Beach

People . . . Who Paint People en Plein Air

Kathryn A. McMahon is not one of those plein air painters who are bothered by passersby. She puts them into her paintings, and chats with them. How?
Hai-Ou Hou’s favorite studio is the outdoors, and she finds that nothing beats the beauty and wonder of nature.
Nocturne plein air painting of stars

Taking Time to Carefully Observe Nature

This Maine artist is concerned with understanding and painting the total appearance of subjects rather than dashing off fleeting impressions. (Bonus: See the step-by-step process of two of his works.)
Palden Hamilton, “Toward Gloucester,” 2019, oil

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Toward Gloucester

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Toward Gloucester" by Palden Hamilton.
Photo of Christoval art colony painters

In the Steps of the Master: A West Texas Adventure

A hundred years ago, coming to West Texas was the ultimate adventure ... Roughing it was not an abstract concept on these sketching trips.
Kate Winslet's new HBO mini-series takes place in an area that has drawn plein air painter Jacalyn Beam to it many times. Perhaps you've even painted these scenes?

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  1. PleinAir Podcast 210: James Willis on Painting Architecture and More