Artist painting outdoors in a canoe

Artist Spotlight: Manon Sander

Manon Sander fell head over heels in love with painting, especially plein air because it turns painting into an adventure. She realized that in order to grow as an artist, she had to dedicate herself to painting exclusively.
Oil painting of sunlight coming through pine trees covered in snow reflecting in a pond

Featured Artwork: Cecy Turner

Quiet Serenity 16 x 12 in. Oil $985 Available through Oil Painters of America Salon Exhibition at Quinlan Arts Center, Gainesville, GA Cecy Turner: Rocky Mountain National Park in...
How to paint with pastels

Shapes Before Subject

What makes a painting successful at the finish might just be what you do at the start. Check out these underpaintings and advice from Barbara Jaenicke, who is on the Pastel Live faculty!
Susan Lais Hostetler en plein air

My Private Art: Confessions of an Introverted Painter

Why one artist paints en plein air, despite the public aspect of it. Can you relate?

Diving Into Plein Air

It’s hard for a lot of artists to “take the plunge” into full-time painting, let along taking up art in the first place. However, this story is about as extreme — and entertaining — as it gets.
A scene from Charlie Easton's acrylic landscape painting demo

Demo: Painting the Landscape with Acrylic

See why there are benefits of painting landscapes with acrylic, even if you normally paint with oils.
Philippe Gandiol, “Déjà Vu" oil painting

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Déjà Vu

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Déjà Vu" by Philippe Gandiol.
Oil painting of riders on horseback near red rock formations

Artist Spotlight: Mark Fehlman

Mark Fehlman was an architect with a successful 30-year practice. After three years of art lessons, he decided to give it up to create a second career as an artist. It was a wonderful decision that has completely changed his life.
Katy Smith painting outdoors in Pismo Beach, California

Connecting with Artist Friends Online, en Plein Air

Learn about two inspired women who met at Plein Air Live and have since formed a ...
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."

How to Build an Easel, (Reasonably) Easily and Affordably

David and Mindy Jamieson wanted their own easels, so they built their own. How’d it go?
A scene from the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival (June 17-20, 2021, Nova Scotia)

Time to Get Outside! Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for June 2021

Summer is coming, and so are these in-person plein air painting opportunities!
Mario Andres Robinson, “Brant Point Light Sketch,” 2020, watercolor, 9 x 12 in., Collection the artist, Plein air

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Brant Point Light Sketch

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Brant Point Light Sketch" by Mario Andres Robinson.
Plein Air Salon April 2021 First Place

6 Stars From the April Salon

Jean Stern, art historian and Director Emeritus of The Irvine Museum, has revealed his selections for the winners in this round of the Plein Air Salon.
Artist Cynthia Rosen painting outside in snowy Vermont.

Artist Spotlight: Cynthia Rosen

Cynthia Rosen finds as an artist, she is on an interesting, never-ending journey with inspirations and discoveries around the next bend.
One of Terry Stanley’s Photoshop critiques

Are You Good at Giving Critiques?

Terry Stanley, an artist and art industry veteran who launched the Jack Richeson School of Art and marketed its art materials before retiring, offers what she has learned about the art of the critique in this special feature.
Pochade box for pastels

Packing with Pastels: Pochade Box Tips

We asked prolific artist Jude Tolar, “Do you know of a great, light pochade box for pastel painters?” Tolar’s response was worth quoting in full.
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 ...
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.
Don Demers, "Laguna Breakers," oil, 10 x 16 in. seascape painting

Live in the Studio with Seascape Artist Don Demers

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.
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