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PleinAir Magazine August/September 2022

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Artist Spotlight: Theodore Heublein

How do you find inspiration? Theodore Heublein: I am the first to paint underwater in the kelp beds of the Monterey area and Point Lobos...
Painting from a photo reference - Shelby Keefe, "Solista del Sol," oil

How to Create a Great Painting From an Imperfect Photo Reference

Plein air painter Shelby Keefe shows us how she took a lackluster photo reference and turned it into a painting with great design and color. BONUS: Keep reading to find out how you can win a set of artist oil paints from Grackle Studio!
Plein air at Halfmoon Bay, California, 2022 quick painting

9 Ways to Improve Your Quick Painting / Pochade Skills

Quick painting trains our reflexes and judgment; it improves the observation of the eyes and drawing skills of the hand.

Featured Artwork

plein air watercolors

Plein Air Watercolors with a Western Flair

Drawn to rural, gritty, and seemingly mundane subjects, Tim Oliver loves the authenticity, immediacy, and raw honesty of painting watercolors en plein air.
Plein air painting events

Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for August 2022

Take advantage of these in-person and virtual plein air painting opportunities from our special guide!
plein air painting vacation - New Zealand with Eric Rhoads

An Exotic Location for Plein Air

Join us for a painting vacation this September > This is a very exclusive trip for those who expect the best possible experiences.

Artist Spotlight: Anne Blair Brown

What inspires you? Anne Blair Brown: I find inspiration everywhere. I do not necessarily paint “things”, but rather I focus on light, atmosphere, and color....
Plein Air Convention volunteer

A Volunteer with a Big Heart

In addition to painting beautiful landscapes that document a moment in time, plein air painters are out there making a big difference for individuals in many ways.
Peggy Immel, "Spring Willows," 2019, oil, 9x 12 in., Collection the artist, Plein air

Landscape Painting Tutorial: Plotting Points of Interest

Plein air painter Peggy Immel takes us through a step-by-step landscape painting tutorial on how she created "Spring Willows."
Richard McKinley takes us through a step-by-step tutorial of painting with pastel over a watercolor underpainting.
How to paint with water-mixable oils

5 Q&As About Water-Mixable Oils

Get the answers to common questions about painting with water-mixable oils, such as their working time, freezing, glazing, layering, and more.

Artist Spotlight: Keary Kautzer

Where do you find inspiration for painting? Keary Kautzer: I find inspiration to do a painting from just about everywhere. It could be some flowers...
Painting with pastels - Molly Lipsher, "Brilliant Lineup," 2014, pastel, 6 x 24 in., private collection, plein air

Adventures in Pure Color with Pastels

Molly Lipsher finds pastel the perfect medium for capturing the light, colors, and textures of the Western landscape.
Congratulations to this pastelist, whose main focus is painting landcapes both en plein air and in the studio.

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