Tips for Artists

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

Being a “Color Interaction” Painter

Virginia artist Ron Boehmer builds layers of saturated oil colors to achieve luminosity in both his plein air and studio paintings. He offers a...

Free Painting Instruction Book

New Zealand artist Richard Robinson will again be joining the Plein Air Convention & Expo; the 2nd annual convention is set for Monterey, California,...

Painting Advice From a Physicist

John D. Cogan, Ph.D. brings a scientist’s understanding of light, color, and atmosphere to the practice of outdoor painting. He shares some of his...

Techniques of a Smokejumper

“One key aspect of my approach to plein air painting came out of my 13 summers as a smokejumper,” says Californian Davis Perkins, who...

Painting Memories

Plein air paintings often capture more than the outward appearance of the landscape. For Mitch Kolbe, the series of paintings he created over the...

Painting Over “Stinkers”

Living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, requires an outdoor painter to get used to working in deep snow, strong winds, and cold temperatures. Todd LaChance...

Demos From Master Artists: Guido Frick

We just started a series of painting demonstrations by the master artists who will be sharing their ideas and inspiration during the Plein Air...

Demos From Master Artists: Becky Joy

We asked Arizona artist Becky Joy to talk about her luscious, emotionally charged paintings and the way she uses brushes and palette knives to...

Demos From Master Artists

We begin a series of painting demonstrations by the master artists who will be sharing their ideas and inspiration during the Plein Air Convention...

Take a Closer Look at Another Award Winner

One of the landscape paintings that stands out among the semi-finalists selected by Michael Zakian in the September/October PleinAir Salon competition (www.pleinairsalon.com) is “After...

How Was That Prize Winner Painted?

Jim McVicker didn’t go to art school and hasn’t participated in a workshop, yet his still life painting that just won the First Place...

The Advantage of Using Acrylic Studies

To fulfill a long-standing ambition to paint an expansive view of the Iguassu Falls of South America, Donald Neff made acrylic studies on location...
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Painting Nocturnes

It's not unusual for Maryland artist Hiu Lai Chong to spend a total of eight hours developing one of her plein air paintings, either...

Following a Classical Approach

Ryan S. Brown is a gifted young artist who has been offering classical training through the Center for Academic Study and Naturalist Painting (CAS)...
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