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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!

How to paint landscapes - OutdoorPainter.com

A Great Painting Always Comes Down to This

Quite frankly, these elements are the glue that holds every good painting together and, conversely, is the reason some paintings fall apart!
Advice for artists - William Schneider, "The Paint Out," 9 x 12 in., plein air

Broken Strokes for Different Folks

One artist shares the surprising and unusual methods he uses for creating effective values, edges, marks, and more.
How to paint like Van Gogh - OutdoorPainter.com

Step-by-Step: How to Paint Like Van Gogh

ICYMI: Dena Peterson had the honor of being one of 125 international artists selected to work on the movie “Loving Vincent.” Here, she shares what she learned by studying Van Gogh’s work.

Need a Palette? Eat a TV Dinner

- Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today - Stephen Williamson has worked his way out of a jam before, using a Hungry Man frozen dinner....

Fugitives in the Golden Age of Pigmentology

- Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today - A recent e-newsletter from an art materials manufacturer shone the spotlight on alizarin crimson, a paint that’s...

How to Find a Place to Paint

Some of the discussions on social media really hit a nerve. Not a political nerve -- not usually on painters' sites. More like, "How...
From Marc Anderson's Plein Air Live session

We Can’t Imagine Life Without It

On Day 1 (Wednesday) of Plein Air Live this year, we had front-row seats for painting demonstrations from Shanna Kunz, Tom Hughes, Nicholas O'Leary, Marc Anderson, Rich Gallego, and Mary Garrish.

PleinAir Tip: Sketch Quickly

When painting outdoors, it is important that you capture this piece first.
Plein Air Oil Toolkit

3 Supplies For Your Plein Air Oil Toolkit

Think you’ve got your plein air oil supply list nailed down? Think again. Landscape 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.
How to paint skies in oil

11 Peaceful Paintings of Skies

Learning how to paint clouds and skies doesn't have to be difficult. Simply start by studying the works of accomplished painters, right here. You'll love what these top artists have to share...

Why This Works: White in Shadow is Darker Than Red in Sunlight

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

McGurl on Past Masters: Sanford R. Gifford

In this series, noted painter Joseph McGurl discusses plein air paintings by past masters that he finds instructive or inspiring. This week: Sanford R....

Why This Works: Strong, Bold, and Lively

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

Why This Works: Communicating the Quietness of a Scene

In this series, plein air painter and instructor Jeanne Mackenzie takes a look at new paintings by contemporary artists and points out why they succeed as painted images. This week, Colleen Parker’s “Bend in the River.”

Salon Judge Looks for Work Done From Life

The October-November contest in the PleinAir Salon wraps up November 30 (get your entries in now!), and the judge for this contest, Joseph McGurl,...

12 Ways Artists Can Reduce Frustration While Painting

The art of painting is a head game. It requires a distraction-free environment that allows you to get into the painting zone and lets things go smoothly.

Avoiding Lyme Disease, a Plein Air Painter’s Nemesis

“Many people who have had Lyme disease are terrified of going outdoors again.” That’s Deborah Lazar, a Vermont artist and a victim of Lyme disease, explaining why you and all of your plein air painting friends want to avoid this affliction. How? Lazar has some tips.

Why This Works: Selecting a Few Trees To Detail

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

Parting Shot: Painting Into the Sun, Part II

Brian Keeler knew what he wanted to paint when he set out with his easel one day this summer in Acadia National Park in...

Why This Works: Perfectly Piecing Together Shapes

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