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Sacramento Artists Persuade Farmer

Twenty-one members of the Sacramento (California) Plein Air Painters and Sacramento Sketchers recently worked on a farm after persuading the 95-year-old property owner to...

$20,000 in Awards Soon to Be Presented

Three final judges of the PleinAir Salon competition are about to decide who will receive $20,000 in cash and art supplies, and feature stories...

Sandra Hildreth: “The Wild, Wild West”

Sandra Hildreth, an artist from Saranac Lake, New York, is currently the subject of a solo show at the Adirondack Artists Guild, in Saranac...

Women Artists Band Together in Alaska for Workshop

In Alaska a small group of women have long had the breathtaking subarctic scenes of woods, lakes and mountains all to themselves, but for...
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Mid-Atlantic Painters Hold Gala

The spectacular views out the windows of Baltimore's World Trade Center Building were the backdrop for the opening of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters...

Tustin Awards Several in Plein Air Event

While the gala Laguna Plein Air Painters Association was going on by the shore, the city of Tustin held its Art Walk and plein...

Plein Air Convention Hotel Almost Sold Out

The entire Portola Hotel is almost sold out for the Plein Air Convention. Only 18 rooms remain in the host hotel, which is the...

Strapped In to Paint a Billionaire’s Home

Over six days, Jerry Fresia painted Villa La Cassinella, a home on Italy's Lake Como associated with billionaire Richard Branson. It required him to...

From Pastel, a Different Perspective on Grounds

Barbara Clark paints in oil, but it's her pastel past that helps make her paintings so different. How?  In a pastel...

OPPORTUNITY: Gibson’s Landing, British Columbia

Artist Jan Poynter is the host of a yearly paint-out at Gibson’s Landing in Canada’s British Columbia. Entry deadline is August 31. Lead Image: Artists...

Early Influences: Suzie Greer Baker

Suzie Greer Baker discovered in high school that the sky was the limit. Lead Image: “Stars,” by Maxfield Parrish, 1926, oil, 35 1/8 x...

Gary Haynes on Judging the PleinAir Salon, and What It Does for Artists

There are many reasons to enter an art competition such as the PleinAir Salon—for instance, it forces you to analyze your work, it signifies...

What to Take, What to Leave, When Painting Ireland

- Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today - Jan Norsetter is showing her paintings from last summer’s trip to Ireland and Scotland at Zazen Gallery,...

Parting Shot: Painting in Texas Hill Country

- Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today - James Coe taught plein air painting at the recent TexArt workshop, an event focused primarily on wildlife...

Why This Works: Loose Brushwork on Figure Suggests Movement

- Jeanne Mackenzie reporting - In this series, plein air painter and instructor Jeanne Mackenzie takes a look at new paintings by contemporary artists and...

OPPORTUNITY: Outdoor Painters Society Associate Online Showcase

- Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today - Send your entries in by November 18 to be eligible for selection for the Outdoor Painters Society’s...

Parting Shot: The Exquisite Loneliness of the Plein Air Painter

This may look lonely to some, but plein air painters know what a thrill it is to set up in a spot like this.

An Artist’s View of the Sorolla Murals

Thomas Jefferson Kitts posted a video online of his visit to the “Vision of Spain” murals by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, housed at the Hispanic Society in New York City, and thousands are appreciating his eye and his edits.

Does Your Winter Look Like This?

Are you California dreaming, on such a winter’s day? Here’s what Terry d. Chacon saw recently when she went out painting.

What Is Up With the Wildflowers in California?

If you have painter friends in California, then you have undoubtedly heard about this year’s crop of wildflowers. Although the state suffered a terrible drought last year, this has been a wet winter and early spring, and this and other favorable conditions have resulted in a crazy abundance of blooming wildflowers in the Golden State. Artists report in, below.
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