Photo of a female artist painting on a bluff by the ocean

Artist Spotlight: Mary McIntosh

After retirement in the film industry as a Set Decorator for some 42 years on the west coast, Mary was able to return to her first love of drawing and painting.
How to paint waterfalls - "Tanyard Creek Waterfall" by Howard Friedland

Actually, Do Go Chasing Waterfalls

As artists, our goal is to capture the essence, the glistening light and animated nature of falling water.
Painting and art retreats

Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for November 2021

Take advantage of these in-person and virtual plein air painting opportunities from our special guide!
How to paint with watercolor - Yong Hong Zhong

No Fear Watercolor

West Coast painter Yong Hong Zhong builds on his training in illustration and calligraphy to approach watercolor with trust and confidence.
LPAPA winner - “Valley Below” by Carl Bretzke (16×20 oil)

23rd LPAPA Invitational a Success, But Not Without Challenges

The outdoor painters were not deterred from these challenges; see how they rose to the occasion, and find out who took home this year's Best in Show.
Plein Air Salon - Alisa Shea, "The Common Thread," watercolor, 25 x 16 in.

September Salon Stars

Robin Knowlton, Director Emerita of American Women Artists, has revealed her selections for the winners in this round of the Plein Air Salon.
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Quick Art Lesson: How to Fix Your Painting

In this 3-minute video, watch as Cindy Baron shows you how to turn a "dud" into a salvageable painting.
"Valley Below" by Carl Bretzke

Congratulations to the LPAPA 2021 Winners

See who took home the coveted "Best in Show" award at this year's Invitational!
Fall Color Week 2021

Finding New Friends at Fall Color Week

Learn about the secret surprises and annual favorites attendees experienced at this year's Fall Color Week.
Female artist standing in front of a large painting on an easel in her studio

Artist Spotlight: Kami Mendlik

In the beginning, artist Kami Mendlik didn’t think of painting as her career, she just knew she needed to paint.
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How to Get Published in Plein Air Today

We love to feature readers such as yourself in Plein Air Today. Here's how to be a part of an upcoming newsletter!
Carl Bretzke, "Rocket Ride," Undated, oil, 24 x 36 in., Private collection, Studio

6 Vibrant Paintings of Fairs and Festivals

For plein air painters, fairs, festivals, and amusement parks offer unique opportunities to indulge in bold, vibrant color and flex the creative muscles needed to capture the energy and excitement on full display. 

The Best Plein Air Umbrellas for Artists

What's the best umbrella for plein air painting? We asked, and you answered! Here's what artists from our community had to share, including some helpful photos.
Daniel K. Robbins, "At the Dock's End," 2021, oil, 11 x 14 in., private collection, plein air and studio

Putting in the Work

Whether you’re a painter interested in improving your craft, a professional who wants to make sure you’re making the best decisions for your bottom line, or an art lover interested in adding new talent to your collection, it behooves you to stay in the know.
Chroma in art - Trey Finney, "Barn Mosaic," 2017, oil, 12 x 16 in., Private collection, Plein air and studio

Create Chroma Without Going Garish

This South Carolina oil painter’s work stresses high contrast and a high key. Here’s why and how he does it without going overboard with saturated color.
Oil painting of red rock monolith

Featured Artwork: Carolyn Lindsey

Guardians 16 x 12 in. Oil on linen Available through the artist: [email protected] or Carolyn Lindsey: The location of this painting is along the road on the...
Andy Evansen, “Late Afternoon Sun,” 2020, watercolor, 11 x 15 in., Private collection, Plein air

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: “Late Afternoon Sun”

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Late Afternoon Sun."
How to paint skies in oil

11 Peaceful Paintings of Skies

Learning how to paint clouds and skies doesn't have to be difficult. Simply start by studying the works of accomplished painters, right here. You'll love what these top artists have to share...
Pastel painting of clouds over a mountain and desert landscape

Artist Spotlight: Nancy Silvia

For pastel artist Nancy Silvia, she doesn’t consider what she does a “career,” but her life’s journey.
Learn how to master light in this free lesson from Art School Live, featuring Richie Vios.

Creating the Perfect Watercolor Blend – Watch Free

In this demo, Richie Vios shares the essential but underrated skills of creating the perfect consistency of water and pigments. If you love watercolor or want to learn about it, watch this free lesson!

Why “Student” is Not a Dirty Word

John Hughes shares why he hopes he never loses his enthusiasm for learning more about making art, because “that would surely spell disaster.”
Antonin Passemard, “Through the Trees,” 2020, oil, 20 x 28 in., Available from Hagan Fine Art, Plein air

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: “Through the Trees”

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Through the Trees."
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Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for October 2021

Take advantage of these in-person and virtual plein air painting opportunities from our special guide!
Male artist painting outdoors near a body of water

Artist Spotlight: Robert Green

Robert Green is a painter of the Alaskan Adventure. The day after he retired, he launched his "retirement career" as an artist.
Painting on Location > "Chalk Cliffs" by Don Demers

Painting On Location and Visual Veracity

Artist Don Demers shares his insights, motivations, and creative process for his maritime and landscape paintings.
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