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EXHIBITION: Jon Redmond and Michael Doyle

Two instructors at the Wayne Art Center, both alumni of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, are showcased in a show at the center through January 28.

Results from Steamboat

The gorgeous fall colors recently attracted a number of talented outdoor painters to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, for a vibrant and colorful plein air festival. Will you know the winners?
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Fallbrook Art Association Announces Winners

With seven waterfalls and endless gardens, artists had almost too many beautiful choices for their plein air landscape paintings.

OPPORTUNITY: Painting Schooners This Weekend

The Connecticut Schooner Festival offers New England painters the chance to depict majestic ships this week.  This schooner, Mystic, will be...

Salon Winner Returns to the Scene to Get It Right

- Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today - It took the winner of last month’s PleinAir Salon contest, Timur Akhriev, a week or more to...

OPPORTUNITY: Mariemont Paint Out in Cincy Area

- Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today - More than $5,000 in awards will be given in October in the 2016 Mariemont Paint Out, in...

Plein Air Travels

Long stretches of highway and wide breadths of landscape have dominated our summer. This body of work represents thousands of miles traveled, a half dozen mountain ranges, and countless good times in between. The following is an account of just one such trip, from Billings, Montana, to Paradise Valley, Bozeman, and back again.

One Surefire Way Galleries Will Know Your Name

PleinAir Today was recently talking with Eleinne Basa, the 2012 winner of the PleinAir Salon, about other painting topics, and the subject of the...

A Colorful Spirit

The Crocker Art Museum will soon be opening a significant exhibition surrounding the bold, vigorous, and confident paintings of this famed California Impressionist.

Artist as Collector: Brienne M. Brown and the Allure of Must-Have Paintings

For Brienne M. Brown, the reasons why she buys a painting for her collection vary, but one thing generally doesn’t — her feeling that she has to have it.

Staying More Abstract to Retain the Essence

- Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today - Many artists recommend identifying what you first liked about a scene, and staying with that thought through...

Lost in Beauty on the Coast of Northern California

The Pacific Coast Highway hugs the California coastline from Dana Point to Mendocino County, but it skips a big section about 230 miles north...
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Plein Air Events: Updates

As upcoming plein air events are rescheduled in the interest of public health, we'll keep you updated so you can plan accordingly.

One Last Chance to Paint in the Publisher’s Invitational

Last year's thoroughly enjoyable Publisher's Invitational Paint Out, hosted by PleinAir magazine and held in the Adirondack Mountains near Saranac Lake, inspired most of...

EXHIBITION: Santa Fe Sojourn

There’s a reason PleinAir magazine has chosen Santa Fe, New Mexico, as the location for next year’s Plein Air Convention & Expo. For decades — if not centuries — the city has enthralled visitors and artists with its colorful views and extraordinary climate. An esteemed gallery will soon present a summer exhibition of Santa Fe subjects by this great American artist.

Potthast on PleinAir May Cover

A major show celebrating hometown artist Edward Potthast (1857-1927) is about to open at the Cincinnati Art Museum. That's an opportunity to explain how...

Deadline Nears for America’s Parks II Competition

The jurors have been announced for the America's Parks II competition, which asks artists to depict America's National Parks and earn one of at...

Because Even Painting Websites Need Cat Photos

This photo by Jim Leland proves it: Plein air painting is attracting an increasingly diverse audience. The picture was taken at...

Why This Works: “La Jolla Light”

In this series, plein air painter and instructor Jeanne Mackenzie takes a look at new paintings by contemporary artists and points out why they...
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2022 Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Award Winners

Discover who placed for what at the The 8th annual Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Painting Competition in Louisiana.