Oil painting of boats in a harbor

Featured Artwork: Cynthia Rosen

The Lights of Morro Bay By Cynthia Rosen Oil on panel 30 x 48 in. Contact the artist about this artwork Just try to keep up with artist Cynthia...
Oil painting of two old Ford trucks

Featured Artwork: Ryan Jensen

’51’s Got a Drip 40 x 60 in. Oil on Recycled Metal $6,200 Available through the Borrego Art Institute Ryan Jensen: On the I-5, my palms began to sweat;...
Oil painting of colored cliffs in New Mexico

Featured Artwork: Barbara Coleman

Cliff Faces By Barbara Coleman 8 x 16 in. oil Available through the artist Cliff Faces was awarded "Best of Signature Members" for the 12th Annual National Members Exhibition,...
Palden Hamilton, “Toward Gloucester,” 2019, oil

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Toward Gloucester

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Toward Gloucester" by Palden Hamilton.
Oil painting of a sheep barn

Featured Artwork: Stuart Roper

Morning At The Sheep Barn 6 x 8 in. Oil on panel Available through the artist’s website https://stuartroper.com or email [email protected] Stuart Roper: “Morning At The Sheep Barn”...
Photo of Christoval art colony painters

In the Steps of the Master: A West Texas Adventure

A hundred years ago, coming to West Texas was the ultimate adventure ... Roughing it was not an abstract concept on these sketching trips.
Plein air painting of a bridge

Plein Air and a Kate Winslet Connection

Kate Winslet's new HBO mini-series takes place in an area that has drawn plein air painter Jacalyn Beam to it many times. Perhaps you've even painted these scenes?
Sculpture of men listening

It’s Okay to Eavesdrop on These 17 Artists

In Case You Missed It > Listen to fascinating conversations with these plein air artists and experts who share their painting secrets and so much more.
Brooke Borcherding, “Evening Along the Riverbed,” 2019, acrylic

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Evening Along the Riverbed

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Evening Along the Riverbed" by Brooke Borcherding.
Artist Susan Hediger Matteson plein air painting on a farm with sheep in southwest Colorado.

Artist Spotlight: Susan Hediger Matteson

There are two Susan Mattesons working in the fine art field today. This Susan Matteson has since started using Susan Hediger Matteson to clarify that she is not the other artist and shares with us how she got started in her career.
Plein Air Events - OutdoorPainter.com

Get Outside! Plein Air Events for April 2021

Spring is here, and so are these in-person plein air painting opportunities. Check out these upcoming events from our Artists' and Collectors' Ultimate Guide to Painting Events and Organizations.
Teaching art

Unsticking the Stuck Student

Artist and art industry veteran Terry Stanley has some advice for art instructors who encounter creatively blocked students.
Painting landscapes - Bill Davidson - OutdoorPainter.com

10 Mental Keys to Make an Extraordinary Painting

Plein air painter Bill Davidson takes us through his process of creating a powerful landscape painting.
On painting landscapes - mountains and composition

A Pep Talk for Beginners and Frustrated Art Students

If you weren't naturally handed a free pass to excellence or are coming to art late in the game, John Hughes has an encouraging message for you.
Alex Venezia, “Outdoor Self-Portrait,” 2020, oil, 14 x 11 in., Plein air

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Outdoor Self-Portrait

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Outdoor Self-Portrait" by Alex Venezia.
Plein Air Salon - winter landscape

Top-Tier Works From the February Salon

Sue Simpson Gallagher, owner of the Simpson Gallagher Gallery, has revealed her selections for the winners in this round of the Plein Air Salon.
Painter Laurel Daniel in her studio.

Artist Spotlight: Laurel Daniel

While this artist feels that developing a career in art is a very personal and individual journey, she generously offers some recommendations to emerging artists.
Design and composition - Painting of a French town

Putting Design Over Subject

North Carolina painter Jean Cauthen says she seeks out “the places between or in back of places,” by which she means finding a strong design rather than painting a portrait.
Plein air painting of people

Four with Fehlman: A Plein Air Q&A

An exclusive four-question Q&A with Mark Fehlman, including how he stays inspired and motivated.
How to paint landscapes - Thomas Jefferson Kitts - OutdoorPainter.com

Impressionism, Sorolla, and the Color of Light

Seeing, understanding, and learning how to use color temperature in your work can elevate a so-so painting into a work of art.
Charles Muench, featured in the PleinAir Podcast

PleinAir Podcast 209: Charles Muench on Artistic Discipline and More

In this episode of the Plein Air Podcast, Eric interviews Charles Muench, who says, "it's live and die with every canvas, live and die with every brush stroke."
Brian Sindler, “Traverse City Lights,” 2019, acrylic,

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Traverse City Lights

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Traverse City Lights" by Brian Sindler.
Plein air oil painting of snow

How the Desert Helped Carlton Paint Snow

Minnesota artist Philip Alexander Carlton was not impressed with painting winter in the Midwest until he realized he could apply lessons learned on his lengthy road trip.
Larry Cannon, “South Laguna View” created in the Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational, 10 x 14 in., watercolor on paper

Artist Spotlight: Larry Cannon

This PleinAir Live 2021 Faculty artist was exposed to watercolor in college as part of his architectural training and notes specific moments in his early years of painting that changed his life.
Michelle Chrisman, painting en plein air

Who Are Your Painting Mentors?

Thoughts on how plein air painters can find their own voice, and the importance of having specific mentors and artists to emulate.
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