Anatomy of a Peculiar Painting Composition
Andrew Borg wanted to capture a “sensation” rather than an “expression” when he set out to create this unusual painting composition.
Fun Day in the Field
An Instagram moment with plein air painter Matt Smith (@mattsmithpaintings), who is joining us at Plein Air Live!
In Memoriam: Lynn Gertenbach
We are saddened to announce that impressionist painter Lynn Gertenbach has passed away. "Lynn was a ball of fire," said ...
Painting with Masters at Zion National Park
Go behind the scenes with an eclectic group of world-renowned painters who gathered together in Zion National Park for ...
Reader Spotlight: Ange Nevicosi Staner
"I love working vacations," says Plein Air Today reader Ange Nevicosi Staner. "Last fall I had a great opportunity to enjoy a girl's trip to ...
Painting of the Week: Mountainside View
Rich Gallego has been painting the landscape since 1996. His longtime love of nature's wild places has taken him far afield from ...
Clare Bowen’s Addiction to Plein Air Painting
Plein air painting is an obsession for Clare Bowen, a UK artist who is on the faculty of the 4th annual Plein Air Live. Be inspired by this feature on the artist and her technique for painting impressionist landscapes in oil, and ...
11 Mountain Landscapes to Peak Your Interest
Browse an array of examples of how to paint mountains in this portfolio of contemporary paintings.
Pay It Forward
As 2023 kicks into gear, what will you do to share your passion for plein air with others?
A Moment of Art Inspiration: Wadi Giants
"This is the start of the hike through Wadi Naqab in Ras Al Khaimah. These giant walls greet everyone passing through and give you a ...
Get What You Came For
"When working in plein air, start with your most important elements," says John D. Cogan.
Why John MacDonald is All About the Sky
Whether playing the lead or a supporting role in your paintings, understanding the nature of the sky and learning to paint it in all its manifestations is an important skill for any landscape painter.
7 Plein Air Painting Places in San Diego
Whether you're looking for a quiet spot to enjoy the sunset or want to explore the beaches by day while plein air painting, these locations ...
The Desert is #1
A Plein Air Today Reader Spotlight
Can You Finish a Plein Air Painting in the Studio?
Take a look as I walk you through a study that served its intended purpose as a plein air painting demo, but needed more refinements in order to make it a piece that I could be proud of and take to a gallery.
Are Nocturnes Easier to Paint?
For plein air painters, there’s a positive aspect of increased darkness - the opportunity to practice painting nocturnes.
My Favorite Place to Paint: Fort Bragg
"I love painting the marshes in the morning and painting the ocean in the afternoon..."
The Beauty of Neutrals
Neutrals, when used correctly, evoke a feeling of mood and quality of light that is unequaled. Your work can be ...
13 Things to Try in 2023
As we head into a new year, I’d like to invite you to join me in the fear zone and try something new in your art world.
Lily Pad | West is presenting an exhibition of recent landscape paintings by the Wisconsin artist Steve Gerhartz, many of them created in plein air.