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PleinAir Salon: Celebrating the Grand Prize Winner

The winner of this year’s Plein Air Salon says he enters his paintings in art competitions for these two reasons.
Artist David Leffel

David Leffel Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

We wish to congratulate master artist David Leffel for earning a Lifetime Achievement Award. Watch a touching mini-documentary about his life and his path to becoming a legend.
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Alvaro Castagnet Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Congratulations to watercolor master Alvaro Castagnet, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 7th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo.

Winning an Art Competition Requires This

Artist and art industry veteran Terry Stanley explains that winning a competition hinges on doing one thing right at the onset: see what it is to increase your odds.
7th Annual Plein Air Convention - PACE 2018

A First-Timer’s Response to PACE

As you'll see in this Plein Air Convention recap, it turns out that hanging out with a thousand artists is every bit as much fun as you would think!
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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How Do the Pros Ship Paintings?

There comes a time in an artist’s career when she or he needs to ship paintings across the country for an exhibition. What is the best way to do this?
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Five Winning Plein Air Paintings from The Aloha State

Get a recap of the recent Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational and view some of the winning paintings here.

What’s in My Bag?

If you follow Lori Putnam at all, you probably realize she spends a fair amount of time on the road and in the air. That requires making sure she arrives with everything she needs safe and secure. Here are her top five preparedness tips for artists.
Plein air paintings - Rick Delanty

Plein Air Art, From the Magazine to a Private Collection

A painting featured in Plein Air magazine finds a home after being discovered by a reader who felt connected to it.

Painting in Historic Havana: A Recap

Discover what this group of artists got to experience while visiting Cuba with Publisher Eric Rhoads. Hint: It included much more than plein air painting!

Top 10 Reasons to Enter the PleinAir Salon

Need a reason to enter the PleinAir Salon at the end of this month? We’ll give you 10.

Announcing American Watercolor!

Streamline Publishing, the parent company of Plein Air and Fine Art Connoisseur magazines recently announced the launch of AmericanWatercolor.net, an exciting new online community for those who love and appreciate watercolor.

Salmagundi Club Award Given to John MacDonald

Read about the Salmagundi Club's exhibition, “Landscapes: Day and Night,” including a special award given to John MacDonald.

We Can Finally Watch the Highly Anticipated “Loving Vincent”

Make a date with your closest friends because “Loving Vincent,” the animated film inspired by Van Gogh’s paintings, is now available. Watch a preview here and learn how a team of artists created oil paintings to develop an experience that connects us with the mystery of this master.

No Controversy. Just Six Americans Painting in Russia

American artists joined several Russian artists for three weeks of painting, touring museums and private studios, and sharing information. What did each artist gain from the experience?

PleinAir Magazine Welcomes New Editor-in-Chief

PleinAir Magazine ushers in a new chapter, welcoming Kelly Kane as its next Editor-in-Chief. The former content director of The Artist’s Magazine and longtime editor of Watercolor Artist will take over when M. Stephen Doherty retires in January.

The 7 “C”s Criteria for a Plein Air Judge

Minnesota plein air painter Bob Upton takes the responsibility of being a plein air competition judge seriously. In his opening remarks as judge of the Roseville Parks Plein Air competition in Roseville, Minnesota, on December 20, he outlined his seven “C”s criteria for judging artwork.

’twas the Season for Salon Victory

Did you or your friends win? The latest bi-monthly winners of the PleinAir Salon, selected by Scott Shields, were revealed in December! Find out here who took home awards and is in the running for the $15,000 Grand Prize.

Painting Tanks and Militaria at Fort Leonard Wood

Having a daughter married to a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force has some unexpected benefits. I have always enjoyed visiting the various posts and bases where they are stationed — Little Rock AFB in Arkansas, Scott AFB in Mascoutah, Illinois, etc. Each has its own history proudly on display.
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