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Painting Demonstrations & Art Tips

From color to composition, to dealing with the elements, learn from the community of plein air painters with these tips for painting outdoors!

Kathleen Hudson gives a demon on how to paint moving water

In Deep Water

Don't find yourself in deep water when it comes to painting elements like rivers and streams. In this Art School Live with Eric Rhoads, Kathleen Hudson takes us through a demo on how to paint moving water.
Landscape painting tutorial - Richard McKinley, "Pacific Sentinels," 2019, pastel over watercolor, 15x 10 in., Collection the artist, Plein air

Tutorial: Don’t Underestimate the Underpainting

Richard McKinley takes us through a step-by-step tutorial of painting with pastel over a watercolor underpainting.
Understanding paint tube labels

Understanding Paint Tube Labels

Learn to decipher the codes, names, and symbols printed on your tubes of paint, and discover what they mean for you and what you’re trying to achieve in your work.

What Is Learned on the Road?

Jeff Markowsky spent about three months on the road, painting America and attending the Plein Air Convention & Expo. Here's what it did for...

Why This Works: Shadowed Landscape Acts as Foil

In this series, plein air painter and instructor Jeanne Mackenzie takes a look at new paintings by contemporary artists and points out why they...

Why This Works: Balancing Warm and Cool

In this series, plein air painter and instructor Jeanne Mackenzie takes a look at new paintings by contemporary artists and points out why they...

Schuerr’s Final Report: “It Was Crazy Hard Work”

A few weeks ago, we talked with Montana artist Aaron Schuerr about his preparations for a solo painting and backpacking trip from rim to...

Why This Works: Simple Shapes, Subtle Value Changes, and Texture

In this series, plein air painter and instructor Jeanne Mackenzie takes a look at new paintings by contemporary artists and points out why they...

How an Artist Group Gets a Museum Show

- Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today - From June 30 to August 6, 28 members of the Montana Painters Alliance will show their work...
Landscape painting advice - OutdoorPainter.com

How to Avoid Greens in Summer

Actually, Lynn M. Rix tried to avoid greens by painting from a boat ... and she ended up with a lot of green. How so?

Do You See These Colors in the Sky?

As plein air painters know, the sky is rarely just blue. There’s at least a gradation from top to bottom, and the clouds can reflect anything from deep orange to vivid purple. What did 20 artists see when they looked up recently?

The 6B Graphite Pencil: An Essential Drawing Tool

Toolbox tip: Learn about the drawing tool that Michael Chesley Johnson says is essential for plein air artists.
Advice for artists - Plein air painting events - OutdoorPainter.com

How to Enter Your First Plein Air Event and Survive!

Applying to and participating in your first juried plein air event can be an overwhelming experience, but the rewards both professionally and personally are undeniable.
On artistic expression - OutdoorPainter.com

Visionary Work: 7 Ways to Develop Creativity

Good news: You don't have to sacrifice your personal expression for the sake of learning the principles of art. Here's how to maintain your unique artistic voice.
John MacDonald artist - OutdoorPainter.com

Facebook Live Series: John MacDonald “Creating Dynamic Landscapes” **FREE VIDEO LESSONS**

Imagine a beach scene that is painted so well, you can actually feel the warmth of the sun. This is exactly the kind of landscape paintings John MacDonald will help you create.
Watercolor painting demo

Could This Watercolor Method Be Right For You?

In this interview with Eric Rhoads, Tim Oliver shares a practice that keeps him passionate about painting. Could it work for you?

What to Know About Painting Snow

Eight top artists help break down the important elements to capturing snow-covered landscapes in pastel and oil.
Plein Air Tips - Carrie Curran, painting the Indiana Dunes

18 Plein Air Tips for Beginners

Check out this helpful list of tips from Carrie Curran, who lays out what you should do before painting, advice for sketching your scene, and steps for success.
William Schneider, "Springtime," 40 x 24 in., plein air

Misjudged Values, Too Much Chroma, and Other Mistakes You Might Be Making

The following is part of a series that features the best artists who are teaching others how to paint through online workshops at ...

Why This Works: Low Key Painting, High Chromatic Light

This series returns, with plein air painter and instructor Jeanne Mackenzie taking a look at new paintings by contemporary artists and pointing out why...