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!

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.
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5 Ways to Get Your Art Published

If you want to get your art published and seen around the world, do any (or all) of these suggestions from your team at PleinAir Magazine!
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How Plein Air Groups Get Museum Shows

An exhibition at a regional museum is a marketing coup — but how does it happen?
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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!
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Use Pastels to Define and Suggest Responses to Nature

New Mexico artist Albert Handell uses pastels to respond both to the specifics of what he observes and to his emotional response: “I will eventually frame the painting, not the location I observe, so the image has to be more than an exact replica of the landscape.”
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More Than An Accessory

Here at PleinAir Magazine, we recently received a letter to the editor from reader Carolyn Counnas on protecting your eyes while painting en plein air. See what her tip is to keep your vision safe.
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Accepting the Challenge of Painting Skies

Tomas Honz has an impressive body of work focusing on various sky conditions. It was not done without a fair amount of adversity.
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How to Paint Landscapes: Aspen Trees Preview

Today’s spotlight on artists painting landscapes is Bob Rohm, who offers a video workshop on painting landscapes - specifically trees - trees in oil.
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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?
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Working Out the Kinks of Water-Mixable Oils

Christine Lashley gets a wide variety of responses — everything from rude negativity to nods from those in the know — when people discover that she paints with both traditional and water-mixable oils. Here are the benefits and the drawbacks as she has experienced them.
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The Importance of Value in Painting

Believe it or not, value is actually more important than even this element to the design and success of a painting.
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Sorolla and Painting the Color of Light

What makes a Sorolla a Sorolla? Any time two or more outdoor painters get together to talk about this master artist, they always agree on this one thing.
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Plein Air Art Supplies: Choosing the Right Paint Box

Innovations to paint boxes have made the job of the plein air painter more practical and enjoyable. Check out the set-ups of 11 artists with their easels and paintboxes, and learn which may be the right one for you.
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Painting (and Life) Advice for the Painter’s Journey

The most important things we learn aren’t just technical tips, Michele de Bragança tells us, but rather, life lessons.
How to paint landscapes - Nancie King Mertz

Free Preview! Learn How to Paint Urban Scenes in Pastel

In this preview of “Urban Pastel Paintings,” Nancie King Mertz shows us how she approaches cityscapes. See why she says you can use the same approach with both oil and pastel paintings (and why she has become a devotee of pastel).
Watercolor paintings - Marjorie Glick

From Plein Air Watercolor Sketches to Large Scale Painting

See how this outdoor painter considered her options for capturing a “Joyful Day” on paper at Acadia National Park.
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Rising Tide: Advice for Painting Waves

Water as a featured element in painting has been used by artists throughout history. Here, John Slivjak explains four things artists need to consider when painting waves.
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How Do the Pros Ship Paintings?

There comes a time in an artist’s career when she or he needs to ship paintings across the country for an exhibition. What is the best way to do this?
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Plein Air Artist Jeff Markowsky on Painting Palm Trees

With summer now around the bend, perhaps you’ll have the pleasure of painting palms in your future, and this advice will help you do so.
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Three Quick Tips on How to Paint Dog Portraits

This advice from Johanne Mangi, one of the world’s top painters of dog portraits, will get you going in the right direction toward painting our canine counterparts.
  1. PleinAir Podcast 137: Artist Forum in the Adirondacks