Do You Paint What You Love, or What You Think Will Sell?

This dilemma seems to plague all artists at one time or another. Painting from the heart, or painting what sells? Is it possible to do both?

Featured Artwork: Mark Fehlman

Laguna Sunset Glow by Mark Fehlman 18 x 24 in. Oil Available at Huse Skkelly Studio Gallery For me, the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational starting in...

Featured Artwork: Julie Davis

The Meadows by Julie Davis 8 x 10 in. oil on panel $950 Available through Mockingbird Gallery, Bend, Oregon Austin-based artist Julie Davis sometimes thinks of herself as a...

Featured Artwork: Linda Dessaint

Dance of Color by Linda Dessaint Oil on linen 18 x 24 in. Available through the artist Artist Statement: "Capturing emotion through light and shadows, colors and shapes, thought...

Featured Artwork: Tiffanie Mang

Glow in Zion by Tiffanie Mang Gouache on illustration board 6 x 6 in. 2020 Tiffanie Mang is a digital illustrator and gouache plein air artist born and...

Featured Artwork: Linda Renaud

The Path Less Traveled by Linda Renaud 25.5 x 16.5 in, 34 x 25 in. framed Watercolor wax batik on ginwashi paper, adhered to watercolor paper...

Featured Artwork: Lee MacLeod

Approach To Ghost Ranch by Lee MacLeod Oil on Board 16 x 20 in. $1200 Available from the artist Ghost Ranch in Northern New Mexico is one of Lee...

Featured Artwork: Linda Mutti

High Desert Beauty by Linda Mutti 12 x 20 in. Pastel on mounted Uart paper $1400 Available through the artist “High Desert Beauty is a culmination of studies done...
David Savellano, “Lahaina Morning Glow,” 2020, watercolor

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: “Lahaina Morning Glow”

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Lahaina Morning Glow" by David Savellano.
PleinAir Podcast - Carolyn Anderson

PleinAir Podcast 190: Carolyn Anderson On The Language of Art and More

In this episode Eric interviews Carolyn Anderson on what it was like to work at Disney's' Imagineering workshop and how it influenced her as an artist; why we have such a hard time with edges; the important art book written by a neuroscientist, and more!

9th Annual PleinAir Salon Winners Announced – Live Online

Watch the PleinAir Salon announcements unfold and feel the excitement with us when you watch the 2020 version of a thrilling awards ceremony for these deserving artists.

The How of Painting Clouds and Sky

In case you missed it: We received a wide variety of submissions from an earlier Winter Sky Challenge. So what did we see when we looked at the paintings? Two things.
Plein air painter Tobi Clement

Giving Back to the Bosque

This landscape artist believes it is a reciprocal exchange of energy to give back to a place that has provided so much artistic inspiration. Her passion for this refuge has inspired her to create an Artist Giving Back campaign.
Plein Air Salon art competition

Abandoned to Sunset

On painting the landscape: "...when we do what we are meant to do, at this moment, our action can inspire and touch the lives of others." Joshua Cunningham takes us behind the scenes of his winning painting, "Abandoned at Sunset."
Brienne Brown, “Good Morning Bailey’s,” 2019, watercolor, 14 x 18 in., Available from artist, Plein air

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: “Good Morning Bailey’s”

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Good Morning Bailey’s" by Brienne Brown.

Featured Artwork: Deepali Kapatkar

Machu Picchu by Deepali Kapatkar 12 x 9 in. Available through the artist “Last year, I hiked up the Classic Inca Trail to the 15th century Inca...
Plein Air Podcast - Qiang Huang artist

PleinAir Podcast 189: Qiang Huang on Art as a Science and More

In this episode of the PleinAir Podcast, Eric interviews artist Qiang Huang on how he discovered plein air painting, the color theory app he created for artists, what he learned from Richard Schmid, and much more!
Painting Vacations - Fall Color Week 2020

Paint for One Whole Week!

Learn how you can get away and do nothing but paint for an entire week … you deserve it!
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PleinAir Salon August 2020 Winners Revealed

George Billis of the George Billis Gallery, NYC and LA, has revealed his selections for the winners in this round of the PleinAir Salon.
Painting outdoors - San Francisco

My Favorite Place to Paint: Bruce Katz

Nine years ago, California artist Bruce Katz was featured in a Plein Air Today series called “My Favorite Place to Paint.” Back then, it was the countryside outside of San Francisco. We followed up with him to see if - or how - his locale preference has changed.

How 7 Artists Impacted a Community

We receive much correspondence from artists, collectors, and societies. In this letter, Debra Riley, Gallery Manager / Conroe Art League, shares with us the story of how "one little decision" forever altered her life, and the lasting impact of a handful of artists in the 1960’s.
London plein air artist Clementine St. John Webster

To Paint Manically Before the Light Goes

Clementine St John Webster, classical artist (born 1989) grew up with her family in the deep countryside of Wiltshire and Somerset in the UK,...
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Preview the Upcoming PleinAir Magazine (October/November 2020)

Enjoy a sneak peek at some of the articles coming up in the October/November issue of PleinAir Magazine, showcasing the top artists and emerging talents making news in the plein air community today.
Thomas W. Schaller, featured in the PleinAir Podcast with Eric Rhoads

PleinAir Podcast 188: Thomas W. Schaller on Painting the “Light” in Watercolor and More

Welcome to the PleinAir Podcast with Eric Rhoads. In this episode Eric interviews the world famous watercolorist Thomas W. Schaller on bad painting habits,...
Brenda Boylan, “Under & Over,” 2019, oil, 9 x 12 in., Available from artist, Plein air

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: “Under and Over”

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Under and Over" by Brenda Boylan.
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