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PleinAir Magazine August/September 2022

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Brienne Brown, “Day for Exploring,” watercolor, 20 x 16 in, $2700, Available through the Illume Gallery of Fine Art

Watercolor Tip: Be Adaptable

Brienne Brown shares her approach to painting with watercolor in this quick tip for beginners.
plein air painting at the beach

It’s a Beach Thing

A Plein Air Today Reader Spotlight on ... Emily Neel
Painting during the Publisher's Invitational, Fall Color Week

Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for October 2022

Take advantage of these in-person and virtual plein air painting opportunities from our special guide!

Featured Artwork

Intuitive painting tools for artists

Free Mini-Lesson: Can You Use a Putty Knife for Painting?

Watch as Douglas Fryer shows you how to use an unconventional tool for painting, including how he "triple loads" it with color.
Fall Landscape Paintings Melanie Barash Levitt

Watch: Painting Fall Foliage with a Palette Knife

In this Art School Live interview with Eric Rhoads, Melanie paints a fall landscape using only a palette knife.
Plein Air Tips - Carrie Curran, painting the Indiana Dunes

18 Plein Air Tips for Beginners

Check out this helpful list of tips from Carrie Curran, who lays out what you should do before painting, advice for sketching your scene, and steps for success.
The Snowmass plein air painters

Snowmass Plein Air Results

Eighteen Colorado based artists enjoyed five days of painting around Snowmass Village, at the iconic Maroon Bells (the most photographed peaks in North American), near rivers in the Roaring Fork Valley, and on scenic hiking trails around Snowmass.
plein air watercolor painting of houses

Better With Time

Elements of wear and tear in Mat Barber Kennedy’s textural watercolors show signs of life and how we live it.
Wyatt Waters, artist and author of "The Watercolor Road"

Taking Care of Your Artistic Self Is Your Responsibility

At the most critical junctures, few, and sometimes no one, will believe ...
This Maryland artist finds that the color sense and paint application that define Impressionism perfectly suit her approach to working with pastels.
Eric Rhoads will lead a group on a painting trip to New Zealand starting Monday

Plein Air Artists en Route to an Island Country

It's "a bucket list dream come true.”
Plein Air Podcast

Plein Air Podcast 226: Eric Rhoads on the Creators Studio with Jeff Olson

Jeff Olson interviews Eric Rhoads about everything from his career path in radio broadcasting to the publishing industry, overcoming creative fears, having confidence to follow your dreams, and more.

Artist Spotlight: Barb Walker

Barb Walker: Confession. I don’t always draw in preparation for a painting. Actually, almost never unless the light is so fleeting that a quick...
What's it like to be a pro artist who lives and works from an RV? Mary Garrish takes us a day-in-the-life plein air painting tour to find out.

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  1. Plein Air Podcast 226: Eric Rhoads on the Creators Studio with Jeff Olson