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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 ...
Painting outdoors - Art in the Open

Painting the Landscape in Ireland: Art in the Open Winners

In its 14th year, this annual festival hosted 100 artists painting and capturing the stunning landscape of the Sunny South East, County Wexford in Ireland.
Lightning Show by Derek Davis

15th Annual Red Wing Winners Announced

From 29 juried-in artists who completed three paintings each, the Best in Show this year went to ...

Diving Into Plein Air

It’s hard for a lot of artists to “take the plunge” into full-time painting, let along taking up art in the first place. However, this story is about as extreme — and entertaining — as it gets.
Plein air painting events - winning artists

Top Picks at the 22nd Annual First Brush of Spring

Over 120 artists descended on the Wabash River town in Southwestern Indiana, competing for over $20,000 in prizes and purchase awards.
Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Joe Anna Arnett

Lifetime Achievement Award to Joe Anna Arnett

Help us congratulate Joe Anna Arnett, an artist who has had a huge impact on plein air painting, inspiring those of us who are painters, and leading the way.
Richard Schmid artist

Richard Schmid, Rest in Peace

The art community is feeling a great loss, as we've learned about the recent passing of artist, author, teacher, and speaker Richard Schmid.
Plein Air Salon awards 2021

The Winner of the 10th Annual Plein Air Salon Is …

On the final night of Plein Air Live, Eric Rhoads and Kelly Kane hosted the awards ceremony for our 10th Annual Plein Air Salon with an international audience awaiting the results. Who took home prizes?
Eric Rhoads and Kelly Kane at Plein Air Live

33 Special Highlights and Bonus Tips from Plein Air Live

Hundreds of artists gathered recently during Streamline's 2nd annual Plein Air Live, where they had front row seats to presentations and demonstrations from today's masters, such as Clyde Aspevig, Dawn Whitelaw, C.W. Mundy, Thomas Jefferson Kitts, Lori Putnam (who got a very special surprise!) and so many more. 
McMahon’s plein air setup on Fort Myers Beach

People . . . Who Paint People en Plein Air

Kathryn A. McMahon is not one of those plein air painters who are bothered by passersby. She puts them into her paintings, and chats with them. How?
Eric Rhoads painting outdoors - Watercolor Live

A Game Changer For Your Art and Life

If you really want to move the needle with your watercolor skills, it’s important that you’re learning from the right people. Here's how you can do so - this week!
Plein Air Magazine

Financial Help for Artists During COVID-19

Newly Updated: As part of our continued effort to help the art community, we'd like to share with you some avenues of financial help.
Eric Rhoads Publisher CEO

Watch: California Art Club Honors Eric Rhoads

"We recognize that ... Eric has helped to dramatically expanded the interest in and appreciation of traditional art forms among both artists and collectors," said the CAC. Watch Eric's heartfelt award acceptance speech here.
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