Featured Artwork: Nancie King Mertz

Nancie King Mertz: All works are by Master and Eminent Pastelist, Nancie King Mertz. She was the May 2022 Guest of Honor of Art...
oil painting of pillars underneath a bridge in daylight

Featured Artwork: Antwan Ramar

Antwan Ramar: I absolutely love Plein Air, but man, can it start to look BORING at times. I think the beauty of Plein Air...
Plein Air Easton painting festival competition

18th Annual Plein Air Easton – Winners Announced!

Enjoy a full recap of this year's Plein Air Easton, including the winning artists, and videos of the Awards Ceremony and Judge's Talk.

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."
Landscape painting tutorial - Richard McKinley, "Pacific Sentinels," 2019, pastel over watercolor, 15x 10 in., Collection the artist, Plein air

Tutorial: Don’t Underestimate the Underpainting

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.
pastel painting - "Waves of Fireworks"

Pastel Live Artist Receives Eminent Pastelist Designation

Congratulations to this pastelist, whose main focus is painting landcapes both en plein air and in the studio.
plein air events - Red Wing

Plein Air Painting in the “Gateway to the Driftless Region”

Plein air news from Minnesota: See who took home prizes at this year's Red Wing Arts Plein Air Festival. Is anyone you know included?
Women artists > Brenda Boylan draws an audience in Cuba

Ditch the Guilt, and Other Ways to Be a Successful Artist

What does it mean to be a woman in plein air? Brenda Boylan shares her experiences in this article excerpt from PleinAir Magazine.

Chasing Fragile Dreams

Come walk with me as I remember one of my dreams and how I chased it. It is a dream that led me, along with my painting gear, all the way to the southern tip of South America.
My studio where you can see the plein air version of “Monsoon Monday” to the left next to my larger 30” x 30” studio piece.

Artist Spotlight: Michele Byrne

How do you find inspiration? Michele Byrne: Two years ago I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Here everything inspires me and I feel like...
Plein air painting Uganda - Edak Young, "Nyanya," oil on canvas, 13 x 16 in.

Q&A With Nigerian Artist Edak Young

In a land where plein air painting is an unusual site, this artist is breaking multiple barriers.
pastel landscapes - 1. "Sunset on the Rim"

9 Pastel Landscapes of the American West

Bethany Field's primary focus is the American West landscape of the Llano Estacado and surrounding areas. She is on the faculty of the upcoming Pastel Live virtual art conference, where she will ...
Clyde Aspevig landscape painting lecture 063022

Clyde Aspevig on Staying Relevant

In this lecture presented by Olmsted Plein Air, reknowned artist Clyde Aspevig addresses one of the biggest challenges for artists today.
landscape painting - Michael Chesley Johnson, "Early Spring Day," 2019, oil, 11 x 14 in., Studio, Collection of the artist.

Refining and Finishing a Landscape Painting

In this excerpt from "Beautiful Landscape Painting Outdoors: Mastering Plein Air," Michael Chesley Johnson explains how to finish a painting, and three tricks to help you decide if it's complete.
Steve Puttrich winning an award during a recent painting competition

How to Prepare for Plein Air Painting Competitions

If you're ready to participate in painting competitions, check out this important advice on what to bring, how to prepare, what to expect during the event, and what to do afterward.

Artist Spotlight: Brienne M Brown

How do you find inspiration? Brienne M Brown: I find beauty in everyday life, the so called “mundane”. Ordinary people going about their everyday lives...
PleinAir Salon - Robin Caspari, "The Edge," oil, 12 x 10 in.

Why I Responded to this Painting At First Glance

Karen Hagan, owner of Hagan Fine Art Gallery, has revealed her selections for the winners in this round of the PleinAir Salon.
Plein air painting at Sperry Chalet artist residency

The Lasting Mark of a Plein Air Artist Residency

Kalispell, Montana artist Ken Yarus has been exploring and painting Glacier National Park his entire life. So, when he was offered the opportunity to live and paint at Sperry Chalet for two weeks as their resident artist, it was an easy yes.
Susie Hyer with Moravian University President Bryon Grigsby​

Plein Air Artist Given Alumni Award

Known to her friends and fellow painters as an enthusiastic, “lets-do-it” kind of artist, Susie Hyer says, “I can always set up some kind...
plein air painting in the sun

Are You Using Protection?

It’s summer, and the heat is on. Don’t let the romance of painting ruin your…
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