The Importance of Accurate Color Values

The Importance of Accurate Color Values

When learned and absorbed, this knowledge can bring dramatic changes to your work. See how in this guest blog post from John Pototschnik.
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An Exploration of the Focal Point in a Painting

Is the focal point always the subject? The next time you are wondering why a painting you are working on seems dull and lifeless, think about this principle of “harmony and contrast” to see if you can come up with the answer.
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Must-Have List: Crucial Outerwear and Art Supplies for Plein Air

From pants to paint tubes, you’ll want to refer to this list for your next plein air painting trip. Bonus: It includes tips for flying with art supplies!
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PleinAir Podcast Episode 112: Aimee Erickson on Color Theory and More

Aimee Erickson shares an exercise that can allow you to think more specifically about color — and much more — in this PleinAir Podcast with Eric Rhoads.
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2019 Ultimate Plein Air Artist Workshop Guide

You’re part of a rich tradition of learning and practicing plein air painting. This art workshop guide is chock-full of opportunities for you to take the first (or next) step on your painting journey.
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Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: A Soft Light

In this weekly series Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting from the current issue.
Painting Shanghai Disneyland

Painting Shanghai Disneyland

George Scribner takes us on his once-in-a-lifetime journey of painting the construction of Shanghai Disneyland.
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What You Learn Painting Clouds in the San Francisco Bay

Steven McDonald finds that the baylands outside of San Francisco offer a superb place to observe and paint clouds. Here’s what he’s learned there.
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Simplifying a Painting

“We all recognize the importance of editing, but that is just one of many ways to deal with simplification,” says Keiko Tanabe. “Other than deciding what to leave in and what to leave out, what else can we do?”
Watercolor painting, Joseph Zbukvic

PleinAir Podcast Episode 111: Joseph Zbukvic on the Evolution of Watercolor and More

Internationally known watercolorist Joseph Zbukvic talks about “traps” artists can fall into, how various countries handle art and education, and much more, in this week’s PleinAir Podcast with Eric Rhoads.
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