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!

How to paint dog portraits - Johanne Mangi - Georgie

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.
How I Got Out of My Comfort Zone and Improved My Art - Ellen Howard

How I Got Out of My Comfort Zone and Improved My Art

In a place with constant activity, curious children, and vibrant scenery, Ellen Howard learned why it’s important to “get out of your own way” to make the most of an art workshop.
A New Way of Seeing and Painting (For Studio and Plein Air Applications) by John Hughes | OutdoorPainter.com

A New Way of Seeing and Painting

John Hughes explains how this new way of seeing is key to your success, and the development of this skill will do more to further your advancement as a painter than anything else.
Oil paintings by Cynthia Rosen | Tips for Painting Outdoors

Cynthia Rosen on Painting Outdoors: Advice for Artists

Captivated by her landscape paintings, I invited Cynthia Rosen to share with us some of her general tips for painting outdoors.
The 10 Most Common Mistakes Painters Make | OutdoorPainter.com

The 10 Most Common Mistakes Painters Make

Tackle these common issues to start make better paintings sooner rather than later with this painting advice from John Cosby.

What’s in My Bag?

If you follow Lori Putnam at all, you probably realize she spends a fair amount of time on the road and in the air. That requires making sure she arrives with everything she needs safe and secure. Here are her top five preparedness tips for artists.
How to paint landscapes - OutdoorPainter.com

The Visual Tools You Need to Create Atmospheric Perspective

Master these elements to give your paintings a powerful sense of atmospheric depth.

Three Important Skills Every Landscape Painter Needs

Simply stated, when these three divisions are understood and put into practice, competent landscape paintings can happen.

Land of Resilience: New Mexico Plein Air Tips

John Meister offers advice for visiting New Mexico and painting outdoors in the “Land of Enchantment.”

Painting on Large Canvases en Plein Air

Painting on large canvases out of doors is not for the faint of heart, as it requires a great deal of bravery and tenacity to get started. Curt Walters explains more in this guest blog post.

Why “Student” is Not a Dirty Word

John Hughes shares why he hopes he never loses his enthusiasm for learning more about making art, because “that would surely spell disaster.”

The Value of Art Retreats

Artists are used to taking workshops, which of course are great ways to learn. But what about events that are all painting, in a beautiful place with no workshop? It's trending - see why...

Painting in Cold Temps, Changing Light

I painted “December Sunset Near Farmer’s Market” (a Plein Air Salon winner) in Minneapolis in 2015. Luckily the weather was better than usual with temperatures hovering just above freezing. (Yes, that’s better.)

Architecturals in the Landscape: A Painterly Approach

Tempted to cover up an awkward part of your painting with a random landscape element? Find out why you shouldn't, and more great advice, in this guest blog post from outdoor painter Peggy Immel.

Painting Outdoors and What Failure Can Teach Us

One of the beautiful things about art is that if we pay attention, we can apply what we learn to almost any area of our life, and vice versa. Such is the case with the following advice that plein air artist Larry Cannon shares about failure, success, and the awe that is nature.

Paint Exactly What You See

In recent years, top plein air painters have been using painting procedures associated with academic studio painting. Painters like Marc Dalessio, Joseph McGurl, and Matt Chinian all frame their landscape subjects inside a rigid viewer, then paint exactly what they see inside that rectangle. Find out why. 

How to Begin Teaching Workshops

I know I would not be the artist I am today without my teaching experience. Teaching art has enriched my life in many ways. Ironically, teaching is something I thought I’d be dreadful at. As a teen, I was a stubborn introvert. Public speaking caused me great anxiety. Although I wanted to improve my art, I remember hating most of my art teacher’s comments. You could even say I was a teacher’s worst nightmare … an unreachable student. That’s all changed, however...

Acrylics and the Allergic Artist

It has been an exhausting and convoluted journey finding art materials that I am not allergic to.

Add These Supplies to Your Plein Air Oil Toolkit Today!

Think you’ve got your plein air oil supply list nailed down? Think again. Esteemed 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.

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.
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