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Discover the latest art news from the world of plein air painting, including recent winners, upcoming art events, art competition deadlines, and more!

PleinAir Salon - Vlad Duchev (Baltimore, MD), "Together Again," oil, 18 x 24 in.

“Together Again” Takes First Place in the PleinAir Salon

Artist Kevin Macpherson has revealed his selections for the winners in this round of the PleinAir Salon. They are ...
Albert Handell is a Master Pastelist of the Pastel Society of America, and was the third living artist to be inaugurated into the Pastel Hall of Fame.

Quick Tip: Open Your “Memory Box”

On Day 1 of the 3rd Annual Pastel Live, Albert Handell combined two reference photos to create a nature-inspired scene of ...
Pastel Live - Teresa Saia

Pastelists Enjoy an Essential Techniques Day

All day today (and into tonight), pastel artists are learning the basics of painting with this popular medium, as well as networking and making new friends, and discovering the best products on the market.
A glimpse of the teachers at Pastel Live this year - there's even a special faculty artwork auction!

Pastel Live is Happening Now!

We have a rare opportunity for you to take a leap of faith … and we’re confident it’s the boost you need to get re-energized about your art.
Plein Air Painters Chicago

Plein Air Painting … in Chicago

The group Plein Air Painters Chicago (PAPC) enjoyed its 20th Anniversary recently with a paint-out they call "I Heart Plein Air."
Frank Bette Arts Center plein air

Views of Victorian Houses and More

Learn about a paint-out that takes place on- and off-island. This year's winners are ...
LPAPA - Michael Hill, "Flower Fields at Dusk," oil, 16 x 20 in.

Flowers Fields Take 1st Place at LPAPA

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA, California) opened its annual “From Dusk to Dawn” event at the LPAPA Gallery recently, and has announced this year's award winners.
Bethann Moran-Handzlik, “Hollyhock and Bumble Bees at Anderson’s" - Best in Show, 2023 Door County Plein Air Festival

Door County Sees a Successful 17th Annual Plein Air Festival

The Door County Plein Air Festival in Fish Creek, Wisconsin (sponsored by the Peninsula School of Art) saw another year of success, with $18,000 in ...
Just Plein Fun artists 2023 at Huse Skelly Gallery

Artists Having Just Plein Fun, Sunrise to After Sunset

Award-winning professional artists painted each day from sunrise to after sunset to capture the beauty of Balboa Island, California during the 18th Annual "Just Plein Fun" event hosted by ...
PleinAir Salon art competition - Timothy Horn, "French Curve," oil

“French Curve” Tells a Story, and Wins

Artist Peggy Immel has revealed her selections for the winners in the June 2023 PleinAir Salon. See who won here!
Plein Air Easton

Plein Air Easton Blows Past $500K in Art Sales

A juried event organized by the Avalon Foundation, it was announced today that art sales exceeded $500,000 over the course of the 10-day festival. The results were ...
Door County Plein Air Festival

Happening Now: Door County Plein Air Festival

The Door County Plein Air Festival in Fish Creek, Wisconsin, features 35 invited plein air masters and takes place among ...
Plein Air Easton Quick Draw

Happening Now – 19th Annual Plein Air Easton

Plein Air Easton is a 10-day art competition and festival in Easton, Maryland. Learn about the upcoming "Meet the Artists" event, and discover four quick facts!
The art gallery; Photo credit: Rick Cleland

’23 Elora Plein Air Festival Recap

A brief report of the Annual Elora Plein Air Festival (Ontario, May ‘23) from event judge Valerie Kent.
Mary Garrish, "Quiet," 16 x 16 inches, oil on linen

It’s Quiet

Tonalist Mary Garrish's painting "Quiet" will be on display during the American Impressionist Society's 24th Annual National Juried Exhibition from ...
2023 Dan Guida Best of Show Award: "Domesticated" by Naomi Tiry Salgado

It’s Good to Be “Domesticated”

The plein air landscape painting "Domesticated" by Naomi Tiry Salgado won the Dan Guida Best of Show Award at this year's Red Wing Arts Plein Air event.
PleinAir Salon art competition - Ned Mueller, "Tying Up - San Blas, Mexico," gouache, 11 x 15 in.

Congrats to the May ’23 PleinAir Salon Winners

Please help us congratulate the winners in the May 2023 PleinAir Salon! (The next deadline is coming soon, so enter your work today!)
Arte in Loco / Studio Peregrino

Arte in Loco

In addition to painting, the entire town was animated with parades, games, cultural and technological demonstrations, and many other activities.
PleinAir Podcast - Lyn Boyer - OutdoorPainter.com

We Say Goodbye to Lyn Boyer

The plein air community is feeling a wave of shock this morning as we've recently learned that artist Lyn Boyer has passed away.
Vincent van Gogh, “Wheat Field with Cypresses,” June 1889, Oil on canvas, 28 7/8 x 36 3/4 in. (73.2 x 93.4 cm), The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Worth the Trip: Explore Van Gogh’s Cypresses

“Van Gogh’s Cypresses” will be the first show to focus on the unique vision the artist brought to bear on the towering trees ...