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!

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...

Why This Works: Use of the Figure in Shadow

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

Ice Bucket for Artists. Why Do It?

San Francisco artist and digital marketing professional Ed Terpening has some pragmatic questions about the Facebook meme that is sweeping through the representational art...

McGurl on Past Masters: Church’s “Clouds Over Olana”

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

Lessons From Lemen: Do You Know Snell’s Law?

You don't have to know the scientific formula, but you surely have to understand it to convincingly paint water.  In this...

McGurl on Past Masters: Sargent’s “Atlantic Storm”

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

Why This Works: Shadowed Landscape Acts as Foil

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: Constable’s “Study of an Elm Tree Trunk”

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

Why This Works: Suggesting Distance in a Very Short Plane

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

Building a Better Hibbard Mitt

Wisconsin painter Lynn M. Rix was highly motivated to improve upon the Aldro Hibbard painting mitt she read about last year. "I have had...

McGurl on Past Masters: Corot’s “The Bridge at Narni”

In this series, noted painter Joseph McGurl discusses plein air paintings by past masters that he finds instructive or inspiring. This week: Corot's "The...

How to Go About Plein Air Painting in Sicily

Ever seen a painter's guide to Sicily? Jack Hannula hasn't, and he is dumbfounded by that. Why?  Jack Hannula in...

Why This Works: Complementary Colors and Lost Edges

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

Why This Works: Light and Life in the Shadows

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

Not Idle in Winter: Stewart White and Plein Air Watercolor

On plein air watercolor > Baltimore painter and PleinAir Salon Grand Prize winner Stewart White tells us what he does in the winter to keep...

McGurl on Past Masters: Unknown Provincetown Artist

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

Why This Works: Beautiful, Simple Design

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: Dennis Miller Bunker

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

What’s the Salon Judge Looking for in Your Painting?

The excitement is building as April approaches and one Grand Prize winner is to be announced in the PleinAir Salon, earning $15,000 and international...

McGurl on Past Masters: Andrew Wyeth

In this series, noted painter Joseph McGurl discusses plein air paintings by past masters that he finds instructive or inspiring. This week: "Benjamin's House,"...
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