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Plein Air Salon - Brent Cotton, "Winter Magic," oil, 32 x 40 in.

Fabulous Faves From the February Salon

Did you or your friends win? Karen Hagan, painter and owner of Hagan Fine Art has revealed her selections for the winners in the Plein Air Salon February Art Competition.

The Rattlesnake Gang Strikes Again

For the past six years, a group of plein air painters has been gathering every February, and according to Richie Vios, "We can't get enough of it."
Bierstadt paintings

Over 40 Hudson River School Landscapes on View

This closely-knit group of artists, together with like-minded poets and writers, forged a self-consciously “American” landscape vision and literary voice.
From Mark Shasha's demo

Highlights from the 3rd Annual Plein Air Live

Enjoy a recap of Plein Air Live, an unforgettable event for artists of all levels and styles of painting, with a focus on the landscape.
Plein Air Convention & Expo

13 Reasons to Meet Us in Santa Fe

It will be so exciting to see old friends, make new ones, attend classes and presentations indoors throughout the day and then, as one big group, head outside to paint each day in the late afternoon.
Plein Air Salon - John Buxton, "Great Falls of the Passaic," oil, 56 x 35 in.

6 Salon Stars from January 2022

Joseph McGurl has revealed his selections for the winners in this round of the Plein Air Salon. They are ...
Plein Air Salon - Timothy Cunningham, "All is Bright," oil, 16 x 20 in.

6 High-Powered Paintings from the December Salon

American Master artist C.W. Mundy has revealed his selections for the winners in this round of the Plein Air Salon!
National mentoring month

Coming in January: National Mentoring Month

January is "National Mentoring Month," and what better way to mentor than to share the practice of plein air painting with a young person?
Plein Air Salon winner - Luiz Azon, "A Day at the Races," oil, 37 x 52 in.

Who Was Victorious in the November Salon

Bob Malenfant, owner of southwest Gallery, has revealed his selections for the winners in this round of the Plein Air Salon.
A plein air paint-out at Moonstone

Humboldt’s Plein Air Community Shows Why Art Matters

Learn how you can play a pivotal role in the recognition and anthologizing of these plein air painters.
Plein Air Magazine

Bringing You More of What You Love

We know you can't get enough of art - especially plein air painting. That's why we're going to bring you even more of what you love with a FREE daily Plein Air Today newsletter!
Plein Air Salon - "Bath" Xiaowei Liu 16x14 in., Oil

Wow-Factor Paintings from the Plein Air Salon, October 2021

Patricia Terwilliger, Co-Owner of Jones & Terwilliger Galleries, has revealed her selections for the winners in the Plein Air Salon October Art Competition.
Painting Outdoors

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Cory Trépanier

Cory’s adventurous and generous spirit shone brightly, and his legacy will forever continue in the hearts of all who knew him and his work.
Plein air art events - Artist Group Photo at the Cleere Ranch

Texas Plein Air Event Breaks the Record in 2021

Something magical happened when 31 award-winning artists rode in from 16 states and saddled-up with their easels to paint on 14 private ranches in West Texas.
LPAPA winner - “Valley Below” by Carl Bretzke (16×20 oil)

23rd LPAPA Invitational a Success, But Not Without Challenges

The outdoor painters were not deterred from these challenges; see how they rose to the occasion, and find out who took home this year's Best in Show.
Plein Air Salon - Alisa Shea, "The Common Thread," watercolor, 25 x 16 in.

September Salon Stars

Robin Knowlton, Director Emerita of American Women Artists, has revealed her selections for the winners in this round of the Plein Air Salon.
"Valley Below" by Carl Bretzke

Congratulations to the LPAPA 2021 Winners

See who took home the coveted "Best in Show" award at this year's Invitational!
Plein Air Salon art competitions - Ben Bauer, "i skymningen," oil, 30 x 40 in.

6 Stars of the August Salon

Diane Waterhouse, owner of Waterhouse Gallery, has revealed her selections for the winners in this round of the Plein Air Salon.
Cartoon illustration of a landscape

Avoiding That ‘Cartoon Look’ in Your Paintings

"Today’s article deals with a very annoying problem that crops up from time to time in some of my students’ paintings. Annoying to them, but the good news is that..."
LPAPA Signature Artist & Board Member Anthony Salvo with LPAPA Artist Member Fernando Micheli

Exciting News From LPAPA

The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) has fulfilled a long-time vision of ...
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