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Invitational Shines on Laguna Beach

The 19th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational was another resounding success. Each year, the event showcases the nation’s top plein air landscape painters, who compete for more than $30,000 in cash prizes. Who grabbed awards last weekend? Find out here.

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.
Plein air painting by Dave Santillanes

Gallery: 9 Winning Paintings from the Plein Air Salon

Congratulations to the February/March 2018 winners of the Plein Air Salon art competition! Be inspired with the following gallery of nine of the winning works, and learn how to enter your best art to win cash and publicity.
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Results from Lighthouse Plein Air Festival

Enjoy photos from the 6th Annual Plein Air Festival at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery and School of Art.
Artist Michael J. Lynch to Be Honored with PleinAir Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award

Artist Michael J. Lynch to Be Honored with PleinAir Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award

“I was extremely surprised and pleased upon learning that I had been selected..." Lynch said. "Considering the great number of artist friends and colleagues who are undoubtedly more deserving of this recognition than I am, I consider it a great honor and am deeply appreciative."
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.

3rd Annual Plein Air Paint Out in MO

Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri sponsored a three-day workshop by John Budicin, who also served as the judge of the...

Searching for Plein Air in Europe

When Maike Josupeit finally found someone to teach her about landscape painting, she was so excited she couldn't eat for several days. "I couldn't...

Record Number of Painters Converge In Monterey

Starting today, a record number of plein air painters will assemble at the Monterey, California, Conference Center in the largest gathering of plein air...

Painting Florida’s “Forgotten Coast”

The Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition, a nonprofit organization promoting cultural events along Florida's Panhandle coast from Alligator Point to Mexico Beach in the Panama...

Advice to Easton Event Newbies

Artists who participated in this year's Plein Air -- Easton! event are still blogging about the experience, but California artist Kim VanDerHoek managed to...

Familiar Name Among Shorewood Winners

Tom Nachreiner took home the Best of Show award at the Plein Air Shorewood event, and a familiar name nabbed First Place. ...
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Kitts Further Discusses White Paints

Whites are a topic artists love to discuss, as there are many brands and many applications for white paint. When people are painting, the...

Do You Want a List of 2015’s Plein Air Events to Help You Plan?

With plein air painting's increasing popularity, it's easy to overlook an event in your area or in a place you plan to visit in...

Not Idle in Winter: Jeanne Mackenzie

Plein air artists stay busy in winter in various ways. Many just bundle up and head out to paint in the cold weather. Others...


Artists have until June 30 to apply for acceptance in the 3rd Annual Bath County Plein Air Festival, held in the area around Warm...

Parting Shot: Seeking Depressed Urban Settings

It was a no-brainer for Jean-Pierre Jacquet when he heard about the Oil Painters of America paint-out in late September at the Gowanus Canal...

Running a Workshop: Part III — Execution

This is the last in a three-part series in which Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling share their expertise on running painting workshops. In the...

Bob Francis, Ready to Roll, Ready to Paint

- Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today - When Southern California painter Bob Francis shifted his emphasis from surfing to plein air painting, he didn’t...

Painting a Trump Rally

- Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today - Jonathan Luczycki had mixed feelings when he heard that he would be driving into the middle of...
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