We Say Goodbye to Steve Doherty

We honor the life of Steve Doherty, artist and former Editor of PleinAir Magazine and American Artist Magazine.
Star Valley plein air 2022

A Plein Air Competition in a Painter’s Paradise

I hadn’t thought of this pristine valley as an art destination...but then a painting buddy told me they were about to hold their first-ever ...
Iain Stewart - (Staying Loose While) Working From Photos: Landscape Painting

Quick Tip: Be a Workshop Pro

Have just a moment? Check out this quick tip from Iain Stewart on how to make the most of your next art workshop!
Plein air

Painting Waves and Waterfalls – With Intention and Improv

In addition to technique, your intention and ability to improvise play a key role in painting waterfalls and waves, and in creativity.

2022 Holiday Gift Guide for Artists

This list has it all: gorgeous frames, beautiful paints, and even a cute art-themed ornament!
CW Mundy painting on location in Paris, France

Inspiration Corner: Q&A Session With CW Mundy

Watch and listen as Eric Rhoads goes into a deep-dive interview with the world-famous artist, CW Mundy.
Artist posing for a photo while painting

Artist Spotlight: Lynn Dunbar Bayus

How did you get started and then develop your career? Lynn Dunbar Bayus: I was in advertising for 10 years and thought I’d go back...
Plein air painting events

Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for November 2022

Take advantage of these in-person and virtual plein air painting opportunities from our special guide!
oil painting of bright blue ocean with inlet

Featured Artwork: Jane Knighton

Jane Knighton: Jane considers herself a lifelong artist always learning and evolving in both her art and how she experiences life. As a retired...

Featured Artwork: Marc Anderson

Marc Anderson: Maritime themes have become prevalent in Marc Anderson’s work in recent years. Many of his boat paintings will be featured at his...

Featured Artwork: Kami Mendlik

Kami Mendlik: “Red-Winged Black Birds Sing” was inspired by the marsh outside her studio window, where the red-winged black birds sing their songs. “The Stream...
Mark Fehlman, painting en plein air

Are You Talented Enough to be a Painter?

TLDR: Yes! But keep reading to see what these seven plein air painters had to say when I asked them for their responses to a question that all creatives hear in their minds at some point.
PleinAir Salon - Luis Azon, "Late Afternoon in Spain," 52 x 52 in., oil

The Spain-Inspired September Salon Winner

Artist William A. Suys, Jr has revealed his selections for the winners in this round of the PleinAir Salon.

Oils All the Way

The following is part of a series that spotlights an artist who loves painting outdoors. Today's feature is on Sandy Schmidt.
Knife painting on North Beach in South Haven, Michigan, 2012. Photo credit Matt Poplawski

The Forgotten Essentials: A Memoir of Persistence

Working through adversity with persistence, patience, and grace can make us better artists - and better humans, too.
Artist Pamela J. Ayres pausing her painting to pose with PleinAir Magazine

Why My Favorite Place to Paint is … Florida

The following is part of a series that spotlights an artist who loves painting outdoors. Today's feature is on Pam Ayres.
Plein Air Podcast - New Zealand

Plein Air Podcast 227: What It’s Like to Paint New Zealand

In this special episode, Eric Rhoads welcomes three artists from the recent painting trip he led to beautiful, exotic New Zealand, "truly a magical place."
Art collection - Painting by William Lawson

Plein Air Collectors: An Appreciation for History, Architecture, and Art

"I feel so humbled and honored to be a part of this incredible artist’s history.”
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA)

24th Laguna Plein Air Invitational Results

LPAPA continues to be excited and grateful for the overwhelming support.
Ryan Jensen paints on the docks near his home in Northern California.

Painting With Your Entire Body

Ryan Jensen fills 9-foot paintings with landscapes done on location. Here are the challenges, how and why he does it, and how being a Marine has informed his path as a professional artist.
Artist sitting, posing with his wall of painitngs

Artist Spotlight: Marc Anderson

How did you get started and then develop your career? Marc Anderson: I got my “professional” start as a freelance cartoonist and illustrator. I’d been...
Art retreats - Fall Color Week

Landscapes and Lobsters

Recently about 100 plein air painters met in Acadia National Park for the Publisher's Invitational painting retreat known as Fall Color Week with Eric...
"Hay Barn" by James Faeke

Back on the Farm: 15 Rural Paintings

Wind your way down the country roads and bucolic byways traversed by the 15 artists whose work is featured here and find yourself back on the farm.
Outdoor Painters of Minnesota IMG_0374

Camaraderie and Kaleidoscopic Sunsets

Outdoor Painters of Minnesota announces 2022 awards in the 19th Annual Plein Air Grand Marais competition and festival of outdoor painting.
Michele Usibelli, "Highline," 12 x 16 in., oil, Mountain Oyster Club Western Art Show/Archives

A Moment From the High Sierras

A moment from a trip that Michele Usebelli says was "a trip and experience I'll never forget and am anxious to do again!"
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