Acrylics and the Allergic Artist

It has been an exhausting and convoluted journey finding art materials that I am not allergic to.

Left Thinking

Participating in a multi-day plein air painting event leads to growth — and many questions. At Capitola this year, I created two paintings that reached my mark of satisfaction. The other seven left me wanting much more. A few days later, I was left asking why.

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?

The 10 Best Plein Air Sites

I was asked by the travel editor of a national publication to identify the top 10 painting locations favored by plein air artists. I immediately asked my friends on Facebook what their choices would include, and I received hundreds of recommendations.

Karen Doyle Nurtures Two Careers

Professional artist and software engineering manager at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon: Over the past several years, Karen Doyle has worked to juggle these two seemingly opposed career paths, spending her vacation time at plein air painting events or workshops, and painting several evenings a week from life in her home studio. Recently, however, she had the opportunity to completely mix and mash the two when she helped to bring plein air painting and an art exhibit to life at Nike, Inc.

Plein Air in Provence

France — where beauty resides in every village and field — is a favorite destination for me. I love traveling there and painting from life the beauty I see. How did my recent trip go? Find out here...

Painting in the Big Apple

Finding balance between social activities and plein air painting, along with tips on flying with your oil paints.

How to Get Value From Your Painting After It’s Sold

Well-known painter Jane Hunt has had a busy and successful year — complete with a number of workshops, the Plein Air Convention, and several competition awards. The artist recently had some thoughts about maximizing a painting’s value, even after it’s left your possession.

The Painter from Ipanema

On a recent trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, my wife and I were walking along the sidewalk at Ipanema Beach when I noticed a group of plein air painters in the median strip between the different lane directions on the boulevard.

12,000 Miles of Friendship and Painting

While outdoor painting in solitude can be healing, meditative, and enjoyable, there’s no doubt that bonding with friends while creating something beautiful has a special appeal. Two close friends decided to take it one step further, traveling nearly 12,000 miles in total to soak up North America and Canada’s beauty in mind, body, spirit, and paint.

Artist Retreat Takes on Fall Colors!

Earlier this month PleinAir magazine publisher Eric Rhoads and about 60 artists gathered in Acadia National Parks’ Schoodic Point for a solid week of painting in a retreat called Fall Color Week. In the event’s third, and probably last, year in Maine, Rhoads’ intent was to expose painters to a painting experience that allowed them to get away from their day-to-day responsibilities while concentrating on continuous painting.

Plein Air Lemons to Lemonade in Alaska

This summer I spent two weeks in Alaska on a painting trip. The first three days were perfect weather, the most beautiful scenery, and wildflowers that posed exactly where they should be for a perfect landscape composition. From there, it went downhill. The weather never cooperated again! Let me back up.

Acrylic and Plein Air

Here are some more of my thoughts about the advantages of acrylic and plein air.

Plein Air Austria 2017

For several years, Alexandre Reider and his wife have organized plein air painting trips around their home in Brazil with their students. Every once in a while, however, they aim for something much larger. This year, they landed in Austria.

Art For (and From) the Heart

There have been many charitable responses to the widespread devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The Wayne Art Center in Pennsylvania is one organization that answered the call to respond, hosting a very successful fundraiser.

The “Point” (and History) of Quick Draw

Recent Paint the Peninsula Quick Draw winner and acclaimed painter Ned Mueller has some fascinating thoughts about the origins of this popular practice we think you’ll enjoy.

How Important is Contrast in a Painting’s Overall Design?

Today’s subject deals with the principle of contrast in the formulation of an effective design. So often, painting students are given a set of rules to live by and at the same time, not told why these so called “rules” exist.

Painting a Piece of History

This August, while at the Adirondack Plein Air Festival, I was invited along with several local artists to paint at Eagle Island Camp on a private island in Upper Saranac Lake.

Beauty Reigns Supreme in Hudson

Twenty-three regional artists recently competed for ribbon glory in Hudson, Wisconsin. The depth, skill, and range of paintings left judge Scott Lloyd Anderson with some tough decisions. Who did he decide was the “cream of the crop”? Find out here.

The Great American Eclipse — En Plein Air

Millions of Americans ventured outdoors on Monday, August 21, to witness the incredible total solar eclipse that swept across the nation from Oregon to South Carolina. Naturally, among them were plein air painters, eager to take advantage of this exceedingly rare artistic opportunity. The results?
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