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Landscape oil paintings - Christine Lashley -

Inspired by Motherhood: How Christine Lashley Discovered Her Style

While Christine grew up surrounded by the arts, her journey to becoming an artist wasn’t clear until later on in her life. Learn more in this interview, and be inspired.
Artist retreat -

The Mountains Are Calling: 2020 Artist Retreat

Join Eric Rhoads in the Adirondack Mountains for the ultimate painting retreat for artists.
Plein air watercolor painting - Richie Vios -

Becoming Texan: Watercolor En Plein Air

Watercolor artist Richie Vios (b. Philippines) shares how plein air painting has changed his life, and how he is enthusiastically “becoming Texan.”

Featured Artwork

Drawing advice for painters -

10 Drawing Principles That’ll Improve Your Paintings

Improve your drawing skills to achieve accurate placement and proportions in your paintings. The good news is that you don’t have to stop painting in order to improve your drawing; it’s not an either–or situation. Read on to shine a light on this challenge!
Painting the landscape - Shelby Keefe -

Spotlight on Plein Air Painter Shelby Keefe

Shelby Keefe shares her inspiration for painting the landscape in this recent interview.
How to make a color chart - Mark Boedges -

How to Make a Color Chart for Plein Air Painting

Watercolor artist Mark Boedges shares three color charts, along with important advice on creating and using them for your next plein air landscape.
In this week’s PleinAir Podcast, Eric Rhoads interviews representational landscape painter Mitch Baird.
Richard McKinley, “Cliffs of Goleta,” 2014, pastel, 12 x 18 in., Private collection, Plein air

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Cliffs of Goleta

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting. This week's feature is “Cliffs of Goleta” by Richard McKinley.
PleinAir Salon - winter landscape painting -

Cool Whisper: A Winter Landscape Painting

“The environment stimulates your senses as you breathe the fresh air, taking in all the sights and sounds; a truly awe inspiring and humbling experience,” says the artist. “My paintings are my personal response to these surroundings…”
Plein Air Convention -

Art and a Better Version of You

“I’ve learned a thing or two over the bumpy roads of life,” says Eric Rhoads, “building businesses and selling art, that might be able to help you figure out a strategy that works for you, in your voice, and will help you be a better version of yourself.”
Pastel artist Nancie King Mertz shares how she created a recent landscape with a unique composition in this step-by-step demonstration.
PleinAir Podcast - William Scott Jennings -

PleinAir Podcast 151: William Scott Jennings on Painting Values, Color, and More

A talented painter who is also great at explaining painting techniques, William Scott Jennings joins Eric Rhoads for this episode of the PleinAir Podcast. Jennings paints large-scale landscapes and is passionate about painting outdoors. “No matter how good you are - or aren't - you learn,” he says.
Advice for Artists - Painting Landscapes -

The Worst Way to Learn to Paint Landscapes

In this guest blog post, John Hughes addresses “hero worship” and “pet projects” that artists may fall into.
How to paint dog portraits - Johanne Mangi - Georgie

Three Quick Tips on How to Paint Dog Portraits

This advice from Johanne Mangi, one of the world’s top painters of dog portraits, will get you going in the right direction toward painting our canine counterparts.
Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting. This week's feature is “Moment of Enchantment” by Olena Babek.


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  1. PleinAir Podcast 152: Mitch Baird on Value, Color Temperature, and More