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Plein Air Salon - John Buxton, "Great Falls of the Passaic," oil, 56 x 35 in.

6 Salon Stars from January 2022

Joseph McGurl has revealed his selections for the winners in this round of the Plein Air Salon. They are ...
Plein Air Salon - Timothy Cunningham, "All is Bright," oil, 16 x 20 in.

6 High-Powered Paintings from the December Salon

American Master artist C.W. Mundy has revealed his selections for the winners in this round of the Plein Air Salon!
National mentoring month

Coming in January: National Mentoring Month

January is "National Mentoring Month," and what better way to mentor than to share the practice of plein air painting with a young person?
Plein Air Salon winner - Luiz Azon, "A Day at the Races," oil, 37 x 52 in.

Who Was Victorious in the November Salon

Bob Malenfant, owner of southwest Gallery, has revealed his selections for the winners in this round of the Plein Air Salon.
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.
Plein Air Magazine

Bringing You More of What You Love

We know you can't get enough of art - especially plein air painting. That's why we're going to bring you even more of what you love with a FREE daily Plein Air Today newsletter!
Plein Air Salon - "Bath" Xiaowei Liu 16x14 in., Oil

Wow-Factor Paintings from the Plein Air Salon, October 2021

Patricia Terwilliger, Co-Owner of Jones & Terwilliger Galleries, has revealed her selections for the winners in the Plein Air Salon October Art Competition.
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.
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