’twas the Season for Salon Victory

Did you or your friends win? The latest bi-monthly winners of the PleinAir Salon, selected by Scott Shields, were revealed in December! Find out here who took home awards and is in the running for the $15,000 Grand Prize.

Painting Tanks and Militaria at Fort Leonard Wood

Having a daughter married to a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force has some unexpected benefits. I have always enjoyed visiting the various posts and bases where they are stationed — Little Rock AFB in Arkansas, Scott AFB in Mascoutah, Illinois, etc. Each has its own history proudly on display.

Classic Moment: Edward Dufner (1872-1957)

The year 1910 marked a dramatic shift in Edward Dufner’s style of painting. It was then that he adopted an impressionist manner and began producing vibrantly painted pastoral scenes both outdoors and in his studio.

Add These Supplies to Your Plein Air Oil Toolkit Today!

Think you’ve got your plein air oil supply list nailed down? Think again. Esteemed painter John Crump takes the myth out of some plein air oil painting conventional wisdom. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just getting started in plein air painting, you might be surprised by some of his hard-won findings.

Olmsted Plein Air Starts Early

Although the competitive festivities for the 2018 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational don’t take place until April 21-29, that doesn’t mean organizers can’t get things started a little early — with these.

VIDEO: A Light in the Valley

Presented by Nitram Art Inc., this deeply moving film follows artist Nic De Jesus and his year-long artist-in-residence program at the Saltmarsh Farmhouse — a 16th century country house in the Cuckmere Valley. After experiencing a psychological breakdown, Nic began an enquiry within, to explore his full potential, that is becoming far more than he ever imagined.

Taking Temecula

For 10 years running, the beautiful Temecula Valley has offered talented outdoor painters plenty of inspiration during the Ralph Love Plein Air Invitational. Who recently earned distinction?

Arts Vibrancy Across the U.S.

The National Center for Arts Research at SMU in Dallas has launched a remarkable interactive webpage that’s an incredible resource for artists and more.

PAPNM Winners

The ninth edition of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico National Juried Members recently opened at Sorrel Sky Gallery in Santa Fe. In 2017, acclaimed artist Bob Rohm decided awards while Roger Williams, Dave Ballew, and Shanan Campbell Wells made the exhibition selections. Who are the winners?

Plein Air Pests, in 1889

An art conservator at the Nelson-Atkins museum of art in Kansas City made waves around the art world last week after she alerted curators that, as she examined Vincent van Gogh’s 1889 “Olive Trees” with a microscope, she had found something extraordinary.

Stotler’s Plein Air Vision

Artist Kathryn Stotler, an acrylic plein air specialist, is currently displaying her newest works alongside jewelry and ceramics by Gilbert Castro at Arcata Artisans Gallery in California. What do her current brush musings look like?

As I See It

Exuberant color and painterly interpretations of place and moment fill Rodger Bechtold’s Wisconsin landscapes. Based on direct observation, recollection, and some invention, Bechtold’s paintings illustrate the grandeur in the everyday. Where can you see his latest?

The Artist & Their Art

Crystal Moll Gallery in Baltimore is excited to be presenting works by artists Hai-Ou Hou, Palden Hamilton, Joanna Barnum, and Tim Kelly during this invitational exhibition.

The Boat that Stole Easton

As one of the nation’s premier plein air events, Plein Air Easton (which was held 17-23, 2017) includes many of the biggest star artists from around the country. However, it was recently pointed out that there was another star this year that inspired several of the competition’s world-class participants.

OPPORTUNITY: Hameau Artist Retreat in May

Instructed and facilitated by the talented and vivacious Susan Nicholas Gephart, the annual Hameau Farm Artist Retreat in Big Valley, Pennsylvania, is a great opportunity to share, create, and learn all things art and plein air. Details here.

Fall Foliage Paint Out Winners

For the sixth year in a row, artists from across the Midwest gathered in Fairfield, Illinois, to enjoy the Fairfield Fall Foliage Paint Out. This year had some big winners, with one talented artist pulling off a Triple Crown, receiving Best of Show, Artists’ Choice, and Best Oil.

Plein Air in Provence

France — where beauty resides in every village and field — is a favorite destination for me. I love traveling there and painting from life the beauty I see. How did my recent trip go? Find out here...

Painting in the Big Apple

Finding balance between social activities and plein air painting, along with tips on flying with your oil paints.

“Painted Parks” Receives State Honor

Mounted in 2016, “The Nature of Art: Painted Parks” by Indiana artist Rick Wilson and the Richmond Art Museum was recently recognized by the Indiana Historical Society, winning this state-wide honor.

Plein Air Helps Conserve

South of downtown Nashville, Tennessee, the 1,400-acre Radnor Lake State Park features nearly eight miles of hiking trails and hundreds of species of plants and wildlife. Established in 2004, the Friends of Radnor Lake and the Chestnut Group have mounted an annual plein air exhibition to benefit the park’s conservation.

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