Shelby Keefe, “Telluride Stroll” (oil, 16 x 20 in.)

Preview the Upcoming PleinAir Magazine (February/March 2021)

Enjoy a sneak peek at some of the articles coming up in the February/March issue of PleinAir Magazine, showcasing the top artists and emerging talents making news in the plein air community today.
David Brand, John Hughes, David Dean, Tom Howard, Kimbal Warren

The Benefits of Painting on Location with Other Artists

Landscape painting has sometimes been jokingly referred to as a “loner sport," but when artists come together something like magic happens. See how ...
Chris Morel, painting outdoors

The 6 Steps to My Plein Air Painting Process

Be inspired by this outdoor painter, who shares his process for painting landscapes in the northeast and southwest. You might be surprised by what they have in common. (Includes a bonus interview video!)

Featured Artwork: Matt Smith presented by Plein Air Painters of America

Autumn Moon By Matt Smith 14 x 18 in. oil PLEIN AIR PAINTERS OF AMERICA - Est. 1986 ~ The Original Society of Outdoor Painters MISSION STATEMENT To promote the...

Featured Artwork: Teresa Johnson

Road to Gold by Teresa Johnson Oil on Linen Panel 16 x 12 in. $775.00, framed Available through Teresa Lynn Johnson Studio Ah, the elusive pot of gold and...

Featured Artwork: Kathryn Riedinger

Morning Light 12 x 12 in. Oil on board Available through the artist After a decade in advertising, Kathryn Riedinger began classes at the Denver Art Students League...
Jill Stefani Wagner, “Bowers Harbor,” 2019, pastel, 12 x 16 in., Available from artist, Plein air

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Bowers Harbor

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Bowers Harbor" by Jill Stefani Wagner.
Plein Air Magazine

Financial Help for Artists During COVID-19

Newly Updated: As part of our continued effort to help the art community, we'd like to share with you some avenues of financial help.
Anne Blair Brown, “Es Mi Padre,” 2018, oil, 11 x 14 in., Private collection, Plein air

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Es Mi Padre

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Es Mi Padre" by Anne Blair Brown.
Randall Sexton, featured in the PleinAir Podcast with Eric Rhoads

PleinAir Podcast 200: Randall Sexton on Seeing Color and More

In this episode of the PleinAir Podcast, Eric interviews artist Randall Sexton, who goes into why he has been experimenting with abstract art and how his approach has changed over the years, as well as thoughts on seeing color, painting greens, what happened when he added black to his palette, his art "confession," and much more.
Dan Marshall demonstrating watercolor brushwork techniques

Watercolor Technique: How To Develop Your Brushwork

Watercolor artist Dan Marshall shares a surprising tool that will enable you to develop your brushwork. Watch the video here to gain confidence and control when painting, and learn how to develop a sketching habit - with your paintbrush.
Painting of a snowy rural landscape

6 Soothing Snowscape Paintings

What child doesn’t delight in the promise of a snow day? For some intrepid plein air painters, the thrill remains. After all, a good snowfall can turn even the most mundane landscape into something spectacular. Here, six artists share their views of a world blanketed in snow.
Painting of two horses

PleinAir Salon November 2020 Winners Revealed

Cynthia McBride, McBride Gallery owner, has revealed her selections for the winners in the PleinAir Salon November Art Competition.
How to paint landscapes - Joseph McGurl -

7 Oil Painting Ideas for Artists

We've put together some of our most popular articles with oil painting ideas and techniques for all levels of artists. Bookmark this page so you can come back often, and share it with a friend who could benefit from this!
Cover of A Painter's Journey

25 Top Books for Landscape Painters

Between the shorter days of winter and the stay-at-home period, now is a wonderful time to get cozy with one (or 100) books about painting landscapes, painting en plein air, and art in general. This list is a great place to start!
Plein air paintings

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: La Bougainvillea at my Window

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is La Bougainvillea at my Window by Fran Ellisor.
Photo of artist Pablo Rubén

PleinAir Podcast 199: Interview with Watercolor Artist Pablo Rubén

In this episode, Eric interviews Spanish watercolor artist Pablo Rubén on the international plein air painting scene, and more.
Rural landscape painting

Red Wing Arts Festival: Autumn Invitational Recap

Mary Pettis describes why she made her selections of the top four winning paintings in the Red Wing Arts Autumn Invitational. See the works and watch the full awards ceremony here.

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Floating Among Giants

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Floating Among Giants" by Kenneth Yarus.
Eric Rhoads Publisher CEO

Watch: California Art Club Honors Eric Rhoads

"We recognize that ... Eric has helped to dramatically expanded the interest in and appreciation of traditional art forms among both artists and collectors," said the CAC. Watch Eric's heartfelt award acceptance speech here.
Watercolor painting demonstration

101 Watercolor Painting Ideas, Tips, and Techniques – A Free Guide

Want to learn how to paint with watercolor? Don't think you have the talent or skill? We can teach anyone to paint - start with this free guide that's full of watercolor painting ideas.
Plein Air Podcast - Cynthia Rosen artist

PleinAir Podcast 198: Cynthia Rosen on Painting with a Palette Knife and More

In this episode of the PleinAir Podcast, Eric interviews artist Cynthia Rosen, who is known for her colorful palette knife landscape paintings and her "no-fear" approach.
drawing architecture landcapes - Thom Rozendaal

Architectural Subjects: To Paint or Draw?

When this artist approaches architecture as a subject in the landscape, certain factors determine if the resulting art will be a drawing or a painting. See why...
Watercolor painting ideas

Watercolor Painting Ideas: Live with Thomas Schaller

In this video interview with Eric Rhoads, Thomas Schaller explains why and how he paints, as well as how to choose a subject and interpret what you see so that you can turn it into a "different reality" on paper or canvas.
2021 Ultimate Guide to Plein Air Painting Events & Organizations

Your 2021 Plein Air Ultimate Guide

It's here! Your 2021 Ultimate Guide to Plein Air Events & Organizations, a free resource from PleinAir Magazine. Bookmark this link today so you can refer to it all year long!
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