If you feel like joining organized plein air events abroad this summer, you might consider joining other dedicated outdoor painters in Ireland (July 29-August 6) or Ecuador (August 28-September 7).
One of the dramatic scenes painted during the 2012 Art in the Open event
For the sixth year, charming villages and historic towns in the southeastern region of Ireland will be populated with plein air painters from around the world, participating in the Art in the Open Festival. The event has become a popular destination for a lot of top American, English, Irish, and European artists who are charmed by towns like Wexford, Bunclody, Ballyhack, Ballymore, and Enniscorthy. Several workshops will also be offered in connection with the event, and a quick draw on August 3 will bring out collectors, news media, and area residents. For more information, visit www.artintheopen.org.
A mountain scene in Ecuador
If you want to paint volcanoes, cowboy ranches, colonial architecture, costumed figures, and roses, consider joining a workshop in Ecuador being organized by Plein Air South America. Joe Anna Arnett will be teaching the 10-night/11-day, all-inclusive plein air workshops, open only to 12 artists and a limited number of non-painters. For more information, visit www.pleinairsouthamerica.com.