Plein air painter Randall Cogburn

A 260-Mile Plein Air Relay

Is it possible to participate in two distant plein air events in the same week? This ambitious artist pushes the limits to find out. Bonus: Includes a list of tips for your next plein air event!

What is Tonalism in Art?

Learn how one artist ably juggles the use of monochrome and vibrant color to offer a new take on this poetic style.
analogous colors painting demonstration

How to Use Analogous Colors

In this video interview with Eric Rhoads, watch as Jane McGraw-Teubner demonstrates a pastel landscape painting using analogous colors.
Kim Casebeer, “Last Light Pines (Big Sky),” 2018, oil, 16 x 8 in., Private collection, Plein air

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: “Last Light Pines (Big Sky)”

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is “Last Light Pines (Big Sky)."
Oil painting of people fishing under a bridge

Featured Artwork: Manon Sander

The Right Angle By Manon Sander Oil and cold wax on linen panel 12 x 12 in. $900 Available through the artist Life led this artist from Berlin, Germany, to...
Oil painting of a marshy lake with clouds in the sky

Featured Artwork: Brienne M. Brown

Restless Skies Varnished Watercolor on Panel 12 x 16 in. Studio $1,400 Available through The Illume Gallery of Fine Art Impressions in Watercolor Bringing the Everyday to Life Brienne Brown has been...
Oil painting of a seated crowd in evening light

Featured Artwork: Ryan Jensen

Happy People in the Evening Light 24 x 30 in. Oil on canvas Available through the artist I Watched Them Dancing in the Evening Light Ryan Jensen: “I could...
How to use watermixable oils

Why Use Watermixable Oils?

If you're curious about how watermixable oils work and why you'd use them to begin with, you don't want to miss this!
Plein air painting workshops - OutdoorPainter.com

Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for July 2021

Summer is in full swing, and so are these in-person and virtual plein air painting opportunities.
Teaching art to foster children

Make a Difference: Teach Art to a Foster Child

Guest Post: It's time to pass on the benefits of art to the youth that may need it the most.
Kami Mendlik, “Big Sky Morning View,” 2018, oil, 9 x 12 in., Available from artist, Plein air

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: “Big Sky Morning View”

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Big Sky Morning View."
Painting and art retreats

Painting with Friends in the Adirondacks

Wouldn't it be nice to spend a week simply painting in the outdoors, making new friends, and relaxing to evening music? You can. Here's how.
Painting of the moon

Acrylics and the Allergic Artist

"It has been an exhausting and convoluted journey finding art materials that I am not allergic to."
Pastel painting of Cincinnati Union Terminal

Thoughts on Process: Painting an Industrial Scene

Marlene Steele shares how she used pastel to paint a series of paintings that documented the renovation of Cincinnati's historic Union Terminal.
Watercolor painting demo

Could This Watercolor Method Be Right For You?

In this interview with Eric Rhoads, Tim Oliver shares a practice that keeps him passionate about painting. Could it work for you?
painting landscapes - photo reference

Painting Landscapes: Designing a Field Study on Location

When it comes to designing landscape paintings, artists usually have their own approach to making their paintings work, but there are certain common threads worth noting.
Dalibor Dejanovic, “Self-Portrait in the Sun,” 2018, pastel, 8 x 6 in., Collection the artist, Plein air

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: “Self-Portrait in the Sun”

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Self-Portrait in the Sun."
Plein Air Salon - "Morning Shadows at Pt Lobos" by Brian Blood

6 Magnificent Works From the May Salon

Jane Bell Meyer, owner of Illume Gallery of Fine Art, has revealed her selections for the winners in this round of the Plein Air Salon.
Oil painting of a shed with sheep in front

Artist Spotlight: Carolyn Lindsey

Carolyn Lindsey finds that interpreting her vision sometimes goes well and she’s on cloud nine, and other times it’s a struggle, but there is always hope for the next painting!
Pastel painting by Tony Allain

One Way to Become a Better Artist

If you’ve been dreaming of bringing a looser and more painterly feel to your work, this will be the most important message you read today.
Watercolor painting of a church

Watercolor: Letting Loose With a Little Planning

Starting with a solid framework in pencil gives this Texas artist the freedom to face outdoor scenes more spontaneously in watercolor.
Color blocking in art demonstration

What Is Color Blocking in Art?

In this interview with Eric Rhoads, colorist Camille Przewodek explains why she stresses the importance of color blocking for artists, which she compares to practicing scales for musicians.
Brett “Mon” Garling, “Capertree Blues,” 2020, oil, 11 3/4 x 15 3/4 in., Collection the artist, Plein air

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Capertree Blues

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Capertree Blues."
Artist Michele Byrne painting outdoors in Santa Fe

Artist Spotlight: Michele Byrne

For Michele Byrne, her definition of success has changed over the years. “Today I’m seeking inner satisfaction. If a piece makes my heart sing, I know I’m one step closer to reaching my goals.”
Casein painting by Stephen Quiller

What is Casein Paint?

Stephen Quiller is a legendary artist known for teaching color and color theory. In this interview, he discusses painting with casein and more with Eric Rhoads.
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