It Has Everything

Camille Przewodek has revealed her selections for the winners in the PleinAir Salon monthly art competition.

Congratulations to the winners of the April 2022 PleinAir Salon!

First place will receive a cash prize, plus all winners will be entered into the judging for the annual cash prizes, including the $15,000 grand prize for the best painting of the year, and they’ll see their painting on the cover of PleinAir Magazine. Could you be the next winner?

PleinAir Salon, April 2022 Winners Preview:

1st Place Overall: Stillness

“The first place was a well done painting,” Camille said. “It stood out from all the other paintings. Good composition, drawing, mood, etc. It has everything.”

PleinAir Salon - Laurie Kersey, "Stillness," oil, 18 x 24 in.
Laurie Kersey, “Stillness,” oil, 18 x 24 in.

2nd Place Overall: Winter Thaw No.6

“Second place was very different and shows a very unusual vision. There was a lot of variety in brushwork, shapes, etc. It was a bold and unique vision.”

PleinAir Salon - Phillip Harris, "Winter Thaw No.6," oil, 35 x 40 in.
Phillip Harris, “Winter Thaw No.6,” oil, 35 x 40 in.

3rd Place Overall: Beauty Mark

“The third place painting reminded me of one of my favorite artists, Len Chmiel. The simplicity caught my eye. This just illustrates that you don’t need a lot to convey a mood. Sometimes less is more.”

PleinAir Salon - Seth Tummins, "Beauty Mark," oil, 14 x 22 in.
Seth Tummins, “Beauty Mark,” oil, 14 x 22 in.

Best Plein Air Landscape: Daybreak

Kathie Odom, "Daybreak," oil, 12 x 20 in.
Kathie Odom, “Daybreak,” oil, 12 x 20 in.

Best Plein Air Still Life: Pattern Play

Abigail McBride, "Pattern Play," oil, 12 x 9 in.
Abigail McBride, “Pattern Play,” oil, 12 x 9 in.

Camille’s advice to other artists: “Look at other winners and entries and be very honest with yourself about whether your paintings stand up to the better submissions. I think it is sometimes very hard for artists to be subjective about their work. Get feedback from artists you respect.”

View the rest of the PleinAir Salon winners soon at
Note: Judges are not provided with contestant names.

The next round of the PleinAir Salon has begun so hurry, as this competition ends on the last day of the month. Enter your best art in the PleinAir Salon here.

New This Year! We’re now offering a People’s Choice Award in each monthly cycle, with a prize of $100! (When you enter your painting, you’ll be able to “promote your artwork” with a special link.)

About the PleinAir Salon:

PleinAir Magazine presents the 12th annual PleinAir Salon Art Competition. In the spirit of the French Salon created by the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, this annual online competition, with 11 monthly cycles, leading to the annual Salon Grand Prize winners, is designed to stimulate artistic growth through competition. The competition rewards artists with over $33,000 in cash prizes and exposure of their work, with the winning painting featured on the cover of PleinAir Magazine.

Winners in each monthly competition may receive recognition and exposure through PleinAir Magazine’s print magazine, e-newsletters, websites, and social media. Winners of each competition will also be entered into the annual competition. The 12th Annual Awards will be presented live at the Plein Air Convention & Expo in May 2023.

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