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Painting and art retreats

Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for November 2021

Take advantage of these in-person and virtual plein air painting opportunities from our special guide!
How to paint with watercolor - Yong Hong Zhong

No Fear Watercolor

West Coast painter Yong Hong Zhong builds on his training in illustration and calligraphy to approach watercolor with trust and confidence.
LPAPA winner - “Valley Below” by Carl Bretzke (16×20 oil)

23rd LPAPA Invitational a Success, But Not Without Challenges

The outdoor painters were not deterred from these challenges; see how they rose to the occasion, and find out who took home this year's Best in Show.

Featured Artwork

How to fix a painting

Quick Art Lesson: How to Fix Your Painting

In this 3-minute video, watch as Cindy Baron shows you how to turn a "dud" into a salvageable painting.
"Valley Below" by Carl Bretzke

Congratulations to the LPAPA 2021 Winners

See who took home the coveted "Best in Show" award at this year's Invitational!
Fall Color Week 2021

Finding New Friends at Fall Color Week

Learn about the secret surprises and annual favorites attendees experienced at this year's Fall Color Week.
In the beginning, artist Kami Mendlik didn’t think of painting as her career, she just knew she needed to paint.
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How to Get Published in Plein Air Today

We love to feature readers such as yourself in Plein Air Today. Here's how to be a part of an upcoming newsletter!

The Best Plein Air Umbrellas for Artists

What's the best umbrella for plein air painting? We asked, and you answered! Here's what artists from our community had to share, including some helpful photos.
Chroma in art - Trey Finney, "Barn Mosaic," 2017, oil, 12 x 16 in., Private collection, Plein air and studio

Create Chroma Without Going Garish

This South Carolina oil painter’s work stresses high contrast and a high key. Here’s why and how he does it without going overboard with saturated color.
Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Late Afternoon Sun."
How to paint skies in oil

11 Peaceful Paintings of Skies

Learning how to paint clouds and skies doesn't have to be difficult. Simply start by studying the works of accomplished painters, right here. You'll love what these top artists have to share...
Pastel painting of clouds over a mountain and desert landscape

Artist Spotlight: Nancy Silvia

For pastel artist Nancy Silvia, she doesn’t consider what she does a “career,” but her life’s journey.
Learn how to master light in this free lesson from Art School Live, featuring Richie Vios.

Creating the Perfect Watercolor Blend – Watch Free

In this demo, Richie Vios shares the essential but underrated skills of creating the perfect consistency of water and pigments. If you love watercolor or want to learn about it, watch this free lesson!
John Hughes shares why he hopes he never loses his enthusiasm for learning more about making art, because “that would surely spell disaster.”


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