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Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Gull Cove

In this weekly series Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting from the current issue.
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Results from Lighthouse Plein Air Festival

Enjoy photos from the 6th Annual Plein Air Festival at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery and School of Art.
How to paint landscapes - Color Value - OutdoorPainter.com

Painting Basics: Understanding Value

“All of us, beginners and experienced painters alike, can benefit from a refresher course in the bedrock principles of value and color.” John MacDonald explains more in this overview

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Five Questions to Ask Yourself Before Painting a Landscape

Ultimately, when you paint a landscape, you’re painting movement. The air moves, the light changes; it’s never static. Light and atmospheric forces act upon the components of the landscape to create a story, and it’s up to you as the artist to pick the story you want to tell...
Plein Air Convention - OutdoorPainter.com

16 Reasons Not to Go to the Plein Air Convention

Missing the annual Plein Air Convention is like missing the experience of a lifetime. San Francisco is going to be more incredible than ever. But if you’re allowing an excuse to keep you from coming ... keep reading.
Plein Air Podcast / Plein Air Easton

From the Pros: Best Practices on Participating in a Plein Air Festival and More

Two of the organizers of Plein Air Easton discuss best practices for artists at festivals: entering, selling, and pricing your work; the worst thing that can happen at an event — and much more — in this PleinAir Podcast with Eric Rhoads.
The unique challenge of painting clouds is that, unlike other landscape elements, they’re in constant motion. Learn how to choose the right moment for painting clouds en plein air.
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Love of Plein Air, and Citroën Cars

Susan Kendall is both an outdoor painter and a car enthusiast. See how her passions crossed paths, resulting in 8 x 20-foot backdrops for a classic car show.
Plein air oil painting - OutdoorPainter.com

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Early Spring, Union, Maine

In this weekly series Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting from the current issue.
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The Fastest Possible Way to Become a Plein Air Painter

A note for new or inexperienced plein air painters only.
Plein Air Easton prides itself on being a competition where the possibility of winning the grand prize is available to any artist — no matter what your skill set or level of accomplishment in the art community. See who made the list in this announcement.
Color mixing for beginners - OutdoorPainter.com

Color Mixing for Beginners

Achieving color harmony is certainly one of the keys to creating a successful painting. We need to infuse our paintings with harmonious color; however, our job becomes somewhat more complicated because...
Bill Cone - PleinAir Podcast - OutdoorPainter.com

Pixar Artist Bill Cone on Capturing the Colors of Nature en Plein Air and...

Plein air artist Bill Cone on how painting outdoors informed his work on animated films for Pixar — and much more — in this PleinAir Podcast with Eric Rhoads.
Landscape oil painting - OutdoorPainter.com

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Dream Lake

In this weekly series Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting from the current issue.
To avoid trees that look generic or pasted on, follow these tips for painting compelling contours, varied sky holes, and details at a range of distances.

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