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Summer art retreat - Adirondacks

You’re Invited to Our Home: Summer Art Retreat

Amazing sunsets, hours of painting in the beauty of nature, spending time with friends - all await you at this upcoming summer art retreat.
Eric Rhoads interview with Susan Blackwood on painting landscapes

Demo: Plein Air to Studio with Susan Blackwood

In this on-screen interview with Eric Rhoads, Susan Blackwood explains her concepts on how to make your plein air painting more powerful once you're back in the studio.
Richard Parkes Bonington, "View Near Rouen" painting

The 25-Year-Old Who Launched the French Plein Air Tradition

This British artist represented an important bridge between English and French landscape painting, inspiring such icons as ...

Featured Artwork

Krystal W. Brown, “While You Wait" oil painting

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: While You Wait

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "While You Wait" by Krystal W. Brown.
Painting landscapes - winter plein air painting

On Painting Landscapes: Nature’s Student

Painting landscapes sounds easy enough if you're coming from an artistic background, right? Maybe not so much...Kevin Menck explains.
Stock Schlueter and Paul Rickard, "on top of the world"

Bhutan: A Painter’s Dream

Stock Schlueter shares a day-by-day adventure of traveling to the remote land of Bhutan to paint en plein air for an entire month.
In this on-screen interview with Eric Rhoads, legendary painter Don Demers gives a demonstration on how to lay in a seascape painting. Demers is known for "moving seas" and crashing waves, but he says ...
Artist paining outdoors

Artist Spotlight: Ryan Jensen

“I had been afraid I wouldn’t be able to survive as an artist. I had to make that leap of faith in myself, but I truly believed that if I dedicated the time to painting, I’d somehow be okay.”

A Way to Prepare for Drawing and Creativity

When it comes to painting, the act of drawing is often a departure from the classical linear concept that is understood by most people. Drawing, in the painting arena, has more to do with large compositional ideas and design elements, such as placement of objects or masses, linear movement, relative sizes of objects, weight distribution, and shapes.
Eric Rhoads - Kim Lordier on field studies

Using Pastels: Field Studies to Finished Works

Pastel artist Kim Lordier goes on camera with Eric Rhoads to share her field studies and her way of thinking about composition, which is ... "untraditional."
Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Ediza Shoreline" by Kim Lordier.
Nocturne plein air painting of stars

Taking Time to Carefully Observe Nature

This Maine artist is concerned with understanding and painting the total appearance of subjects rather than dashing off fleeting impressions. (Bonus: See the step-by-step process of two of his works.)
Plein air painting events - winning artists

Top Picks at the 22nd Annual First Brush of Spring

Over 120 artists descended on the Wabash River town in Southwestern Indiana, competing for over $20,000 in prizes and purchase awards.
Art composition - oil landscape of a canyon

Variety: The Spice of Art

The very idea of how we approach our own art and feel about the art of others, keeps the “spice of art” alive. Now, I will be the first to confess that...
In this on-camera interview with Eric Rhoads, Keiko Tanabe shares her advice on how to paint with watercolor.

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