Plein Air Salon winners

The Last Salon Winners

Seth Hopkins, Booth Western Art Museum Executive Director has revealed his selections for the March round; winners of the annual competition will be announced at the Plein Air Convention!
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On Seeing – and Perceiving – as a Plein Air Artist

Loss of vision in one eye has taught this plein air painter that there's more to perception than seeing.
How to paint landscapes

How to Paint Landscapes: A Q&A with Kathleen Hudson

Kathleen Hudson (who is on the faculty of the Plein Air Convention) has been drawn to the landscape since childhood. Here, she explains her process of how to paint landscapes.
Painting small works in pastel

Miniatures Offer Options: The Benefits of Painting Small Works

"I came up with the idea of creating a series of miniature paintings during an economic slowdown, but the business decision has turned into a preference and a passion."
Santa Fe artist Joe Anna Arnett

Joe Anna Arnett On Painting the New Mexico Landscape

Learn how to make the most of plein air in the southwest, including what colors to bring and how to prepare for the weather.
William Schneider, "Dappled," 18 x 30 in., plein air

What You Have in Common with Every Artist You Admire

If you've ever thought that you don't have enough talent to be a great artist, read this advice - and then pick up your brush.
Plein air painting in New Zealand (Opua); Photo credit: Barrett Edwards

An Artist’s Dream: Painting in New Zealand

There’s an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean that’s about the size of Colorado. It has deep glacier lakes and active volcanoes, and it is the destination for a group of plein air painters led by Eric Rhoads this coming September.
How to paint landscapes

What’s Your Mother Color?

A Q&A with Bob Rohm on the process of landscape painting, including his use of a "mother color."
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Plein Air Podcast 222: Kyle Buckland on Art Inspiration and More

In this episode of the Plein Air Podcast, Eric Rhoads interviews Kyle Buckland on how he fell in love with impressionism as a teenager, why 2017 was such a pivotal year for his art life, and more.
Art appreciation - "Midway Farm" by John Hughes

Beginning Artists: Start with Art Appreciation

Opinion Piece: The first step in art education must begin not with drawing circles and squares, but with art appreciation.
Artist self-portraits

When the Tables Have Turned: 7 Paintings of Painters in the Outdoors

Painting outdoors with 360-degree views, artists have access to an infinite source of subject matter from which to draw inspiration. Every once in a while, however, the tables turn ...
Quick Draw-Juried Artist-1st Place

2022 Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Award Winners

Discover who placed for what at the The 8th annual Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Painting Competition in Louisiana.
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Painting Without Purpose

Follow along as Thomas Jefferson Kitts shares a record of the five days he spent on Monhegan Island, walking aimlessly and stopping only when inspiration struck to draw or paint.
oil painting of abandoned barn

Featured Artwork: Agnes Neusch

Agnes Neusch: I passed this barn driving a rural road close to where I live. The red stood out from all the greens of...
Gene Costanza painting on location

5 Quick and Dirty Tips for Artists

Plein air painter Gene Costanza shares his five quick tips for artists on composition, color, and more.
Plein Air Painting Events

Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for April 2022

Take advantage of these in-person and virtual plein air painting opportunities from our special guide!
Plein Air Podcast - Eric Rhoads and Ned Mueller

Plein Air Podcast 221: Ned Mueller on the Plein Air Movement and More

In this episode of the Plein Air Podcast, Eric Rhoads interviews Ned Mueller on today's plein air movement, his advice for beginners, and the first time he painted outdoors (Spoiler: "It was a disaster."). At 81, Ned reminds us that "you never stop learning."

Featured Artwork: Lamya Deeb

Lamya Deeb: This piece is one of a trio of plein air floral oil paintings now available (may be purchased separately), at Mary Williams...
oil painting of leopard shark

Featured Artwork: Theodore Heublein

Theodore Heublein: This lovely leopard shark was observed while scuba diving in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve at Beto’s Reef in approximately 117fsw (Feet...
Liz Haywood-Sullivan and Kelly Kane at PACE in Santa Fe

Take That Step

Is there something that’s been holding you back from taking that next step on your artistic journey?
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A Day in the Life of … Jill Stefani Wagner

Today we're going on a tour with Jill Stefani Wagner, who takes us through a typical - and inspiring - day of being a professional artist.
Brenda Boylan with her new painting, "A Secret Place"

A Design Technique That Stopped a Painter in Her Tracks

The paint was still drying on Brenda Boylan’s five-foot-wide landscape when she took a few minutes to chat with me about her most recent work. Learn how the painting came to be, including the design concept she discovered and applied when she was halfway through the piece.

Fleeting Moments: Plein Air Watercolor

Working quickly and directly, Joseph Zbukvic exploits all the qualities that make plein air painting with watercolor so unique.
Nancy Nowak, "Moment’s Peace," 2016, pastel, 9 x 12 in., Collection the artist, Plein air and studio

Demo: Evoking a Mood in a Landscape Painting

See how Nancy Nowak creates a landscape painting that's full of emotion in this three-step demonstration from Plein Air Magazine.
Jim Wodark, “Coyote Creek,” 8 x 16 in., oil

Winners From the 16th Annual Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational

Thirteen invited plein air artists from both coasts and several western states made a strong showing this March...
  1. Plein Air Podcast 224: Russian Landscape Painter Zufar Bikbov