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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!

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The Smallest Pochade?

Just for fun! This Etsy product (already sold) shows how far one can go to make painting materials compact and portable.

Why This Works: Careful Placement of Vibrant Accent

This series returns, with plein air painter and instructor Jeanne Mackenzie taking a look at new paintings by contemporary artists and pointing out why...
Jed Dorsey, "Two Houses," 2019, acrylic, 18 x 24 in., Collection the artist, Plein air

Dull Scene? Boost the Color! (free demo)

A step-by-step demo where Jed Dorsey explains how to bring harmony to a plein air landscape painting.
How to paint landscapes - Artist Jim Wodark

How to Paint Landscapes: Design Makes All the Difference

How artist Jim Wodark redesigns the landscape to create stunning compositions.

Filling a Need, and Seeing an Art Product Take Off

- Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today - Renee Lammers was spending more than $5 a week on sketchbooks, an amount she deemed too high....

Painting 5”-x-7” Oils on Paper

New York painter Amy DiGi has some reasons for painting in oil on 5”-x-7” sheets of paper. And they all make sense. Lead Image:...

Why This Works: Finding Beauty, Using Diagonals, Striking a Tone

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

My Favorite Place to Paint: Barbara Mulleneaux

Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today Barbara Mulleneaux lives just down the street from El Conquistador Resort, the location of the Plein Air Convention &...
Facebook Live Series: Shelby Keefe “Painting From Photographs” **FREE VIEWING**

Facebook Live Series: Shelby Keefe “Painting From Photographs” **FREE VIEWING**

Shelby Keefe demonstrates how you can take a good photo and turn it into an amazing masterpiece.
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How to Paint Clouds en Plein Air

The unique challenge of painting clouds is that, unlike other landscape elements, they’re in constant motion. Learn how to choose the right moment for painting clouds en plein air.

Why This Works: Strokes in Sky Counter-Balance Diagonals in Rock

In this series, plein air painter and instructor Jeanne Mackenzie takes a look at new paintings by contemporary artists and points out why they...
painting landscapes - John Pototschnik - OutdoorPainter.ccom

Painting Landscapes: Why Draw? Let’s Just Paint.

You don’t actually have to learn drawing techniques if you’re painting landscapes, right? John Pototschnik shares his insights.

Tips for Painting Cactus in the Tucson Area

- Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today - Two Arizona painters — Matt Smith and Barbara Mulleneaux — discuss the challenges and joys of painting...
Painting outdoors - watercolor

Plein Air Watercolor Tips and Tricks

When time is of the essence and access to supplies is limited, you must be prepared to make the most of what you have. Plein air watercolor painter Frank Costantino offers his best advice for how to handle just about any outdoor painting situation.
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.
Painting in Yosemite - OutdoorPainter.com

Plein Air Painting in Yosemite: Joys and Challenges

Artists from the California Art Club share their experiences from — and advice for — painting in Yosemite.

Why This Works: Simplified Shapes, Effective Supporting Players

- Jeanne Mackenzie reporting - In this series, plein air painter and instructor Jeanne Mackenzie takes a look at new paintings by contemporary artists and...
Holt's setup near Parunuweap Canyon, Zion National Park, in November 2014

What the Rocks Tell Us: The Big Jigsaw Puzzle

In this series of articles, Utah artist J. Brad Holt talks about what artists are seeing as they look at the landscape. Holt studied...

2022 Holiday Gift Guide for Artists

This list has it all: gorgeous frames, beautiful paints, and even a cute art-themed ornament!

Painting Neon at Night

Cathe J. Ladner is quite new at painting nocturnes, but she bravely delved into painting neon at night, and here, she shares what she...