Matt Ryder, “Jebal Akhdar,” 2018, oil, 18 x 24 in., Private collection, Studio from plein air studies

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Jebal Akhdar

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Jebal Akhdar" by Matt Ryder.

Mix Color and Get Good Harmony

"When mixing colors for the landscape, artists need to be quick on their feet," says John Hughes. "Outdoors, where the light and shadows are in constant motion, it’s important to be able to mix a color intuitively."
PleinAir Salon art competition - OutdoorPainter.com

PleinAir Salon April 2020 Winners Revealed

Seth Hopkins from the Booth Museum has revealed his selections for the winners in the PleinAir Salon.
A Year of Painting Outdoors in Tahoe

A Year of Painting Outdoors in Tahoe

Nathanael Gray spent the past year painting outdoors in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Read about his experience, and be inspired.

Get Excited About Painting in New Mexico

This August: We're hoping you'll join us on a trip for plein air painting in New Mexico at the first and only summertime PACE.
How Artists Are Coping with Self-Isolation

How Artists Are Coping with Self-Isolation

As the country slowly begins to open up in different ways, we’re curious - how have you been coping with self-isolation? Here are ways some of your peers have gotten through the past couple of months.
PleinAir Podcast - Kim Lordier

PleinAir Podcast 172: Kim Lordier on Painting with Pastels and More

In this episode Eric interviews Kim Lordier about painting from photo references, creating atmospheric perspective, and more.
Rae O’Shea, “Crashing Surf,” 2019, oil, 12 x 16 in., Collection the artist, Plein air study

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Crashing Surf

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Crashing Surf" by Rae O’Shea.

Packing and Plein Air

For the very adventurous outdoor painter, room — and weight — are crucial things to consider when it comes to packing for plein air. PleinAir Today visited with artist Gary Geraths, who offered up some sage suggestions.
Composition for Artists - OutdoorPainter.com

6 Composition Books for Artists

We asked, and you answered! In this roundup, we're sharing your favorite composition books for artists.
Plein Air Prompt: Paint or Draw a Spring Bloom

Plein Air Prompt: Paint or Draw a Spring Bloom

Create a painting inspired by our creative art prompts, and your art could be featured in Plein Air Today!

Featured Artwork: Debra Joy Groesser

First Bales of Spring 9 x 12 in. Oil This piece was painted on location on an acreage just north of Council Bluffs, Iowa. I have painted...

Featured Artwork: Krystal Brown

Possibilities 8 x 16 in. Oil on linen Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibit Available through RS Hanna Gallery As a fine artist I endeavor to create visual...

Featured Artwork: Laurel Daniel

Marsh Hunter 20 x 20 in. Oil on canvas $1,300 Available at Anderson Fine Art Gallery Laurel Daniel is fortunate to be able to split her time between Austin,...
Painting outdoors - Michael Orwick - OutdoorPainter.com

Painting Outdoors: Of Rigor and Reward

Artist Michael Orwick shares the poetic side of painting outdoors, which he says is simultaneously meditative and daunting.
Kathleen Dunphy

LPAPA Positive Postcard Art Auction

Right now, you have the opportunity to bid on an artist who will paint an original 5″ x 7″ LPAPA Strong & Positive Postcard.
PleinAir Podcast - Dan Hill - OutdoorPainter.com

PleinAir Podcast 171: Dr. Dan Hill on Eye Tracking in Art

In this episode Eric interviews Dr. Dan Hill, facial decoder and author of "First Blush: People's Intuitive Reactions to Famous Art." In this podcast, discover how you can use the knowledge of eye tracking to get the strongest effects in your next painting, and more.
Plein Air Prompt: Paint or Draw a Still Life

Plein Air Prompt: Paint or Draw a Still Life

Create a painting inspired by our creative art prompts, and your art could be featured in Plein Air Today!
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Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Dancing Light on the Harbor

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Dancing Light on the Harbor" by Alison Leigh Menke.

Featured Artwork: Natasha Isenhour

The Promise of the Sun Pastel 20 x 24 in. In the 23 years I have lived in New Mexico, there have been beginnings and ends of...
Painting a Landscape - John Pototschnik - OutdoorPainter.com

The Challenges of Painting a Landscape

There’s a perception that painting comes easily to professional artists because they "were born with the gift." John Pototschnik explains how that idea is far from the truth...
James McNeill Whistler plein air artist - OutdoorPainter.com

Plein Air Heritage: James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)

As a plein air painter, you are part of one of the largest art movements in history. Learn about artist James McNeill Whistler here.
PleinAir Podcast - Iain Stewart artist

PleinAir Podcast 170: Iain Stewart on Painting with Watercolor and More

In this episode, Scottish artist Iain Stewart shares his watercolor techniques, his path as an artist, and more.
Plein Air Prompt: Paint or Draw Your Pet

Plein Air Prompt: Paint or Draw Your Pet

Create a painting inspired by our creative art prompts, and your art could be featured in Plein Air Today!
Plein air watercolor paintings

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Take Me! Take Me!

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is Take Me! Take Me! by Russell Jewell.
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