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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!

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.

Add These Supplies to Your Plein Air Oil Toolkit Today!

Think you’ve got your plein air oil supply list nailed down? Think again. Esteemed painter John Crump takes the myth out of some plein air oil painting conventional wisdom. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just getting started in plein air painting, you might be surprised by some of his hard-won findings.

Olmsted Plein Air Starts Early

Although the competitive festivities for the 2018 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational don’t take place until April 21-29, that doesn’t mean organizers can’t get things started a little early — with these.

VIDEO: A Light in the Valley

Presented by Nitram Art Inc., this deeply moving film follows artist Nic De Jesus and his year-long artist-in-residence program at the Saltmarsh Farmhouse — a 16th century country house in the Cuckmere Valley. After experiencing a psychological breakdown, Nic began an enquiry within, to explore his full potential, that is becoming far more than he ever imagined.

Don’t Let Your Salon Victory Slip Away. . .

Only hours remain to submit your materials for the October/November PleinAir Salon!  You could win $250, $500, or even $1,000 if your painting is chosen for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place by judge Scott Shields.  When is the deadline?

Looking Nice in Northbrook

The northern Chicago suburb of Northbrook, Illinois, hosted its first Plein Air Painting Festival this fall for an enthusiastic community and 30 Midwest artists. For a festival planned in a short, four-month period, they knocked it out of the park.

Taking Temecula

For 10 years running, the beautiful Temecula Valley has offered talented outdoor painters plenty of inspiration during the Ralph Love Plein Air Invitational. Who recently earned distinction?

Salon Winners from Illinois River

The Illinois River Salon is a juried event featuring artwork celebrating the beautiful Illinois River Watershed of Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma. 2017 marked the fifth year for the competition, and it’s recently announced the winners. Do you know these artists?

Arts Vibrancy Across the U.S.

The National Center for Arts Research at SMU in Dallas has launched a remarkable interactive webpage that’s an incredible resource for artists and more.

PAPNM Winners

The ninth edition of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico National Juried Members recently opened at Sorrel Sky Gallery in Santa Fe. In 2017, acclaimed artist Bob Rohm decided awards while Roger Williams, Dave Ballew, and Shanan Campbell Wells made the exhibition selections. Who are the winners?

Stotler’s Plein Air Vision

Artist Kathryn Stotler, an acrylic plein air specialist, is currently displaying her newest works alongside jewelry and ceramics by Gilbert Castro at Arcata Artisans Gallery in California. What do her current brush musings look like?

As I See It

Exuberant color and painterly interpretations of place and moment fill Rodger Bechtold’s Wisconsin landscapes. Based on direct observation, recollection, and some invention, Bechtold’s paintings illustrate the grandeur in the everyday. Where can you see his latest?
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