Painting values - John MacDonald, "Coastal Sunrise," 24 x 24 in.

Forget Left/Right Brain and Do This Instead

A landscape painter of 40 years shares his expert advice on understanding painting composition.
Jennifer McChristian, “Headstone Haven,” 2018, oil on panel, 8 x 10 in., Collection the artist, Plein air

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: “Headstone Haven”

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Headstone Haven."
how to paint - Linda Richichi

Watch: Overcoming Bad Painting Habits

Join art publisher Eric Rhoads on this episode of Art School Live, featuring colorist Linda Richichi!
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Can You Help Us Identify This Painting?

We need your help! A reader recently purchased an unsigned painting with unusual qualities that hint it could be by a master. What do you think?
William Kocher, "Pastoral," oil on board, 6 x 12

A Shared Pursuit en Plein Air

"There is meaningful growth to be had when painting with friends, as well as exploring and experiencing art and life together."
Scott Christensen, “Gouache Study,” 2020, gouache, 10 x 14 in. Private collection Plein air and studio

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Gouache Study

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Gouache Study."
How to use PanPastels

Highlights From the First-Ever Pastel Live

Welcome to your Daily Highlights from the first-ever Pastel Live virtual art conference! We hope you'll enjoy these favorite moments and demos from this unforgettable event!
Paintings of churches

Country Roads: 12 Rural Landscape Paintings

The tree-lined twists and turns of narrow country lanes hold the promise of adventure and discovery, and, for some, the feeling of coming home. The 12 bucolic landscapes featured here leave us wondering what lies just over the hill or around the next bend.
Dawn Whitelaw, “Margaret’s Gate,” 2020, oil, 8 x 10 in., Private collection, Plein air sketch

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: “Margaret’s Gate”

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Margaret’s Gate."
Nancy Nowak, "Riverwalk Cable Car," 2017, pastel, 9 x 12 in., Private collection, Plein air and studio

Making an Impression

Striving to evoke an emotional response to the beauty in the everyday, this Georgia-based painter imbues her representational pastels with an impressionist flair.
Scott W. Prior, “Old Carlsbad,” 2020, oil, 11 x 14 in., Available from artist, Plein air

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: “Old Carlsbad”

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Old Carlsbad."
Michael Reardon, “Tivoli Morning,” 2018, watercolor, 10 x 5 in., Collection the artist, Plein air

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: “Tivoli Morning”

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Tivoli Morning."
Plein Air Magazine - Skip Whitcomb painting

Paint What You Know

How the old writer’s adage, “write what you know,” worked for artists too ...

Artists and Conservancy: Never Underestimate the Impact You Have

As an artist, what role can you play in the conservation and preservation of land, cultures, and buildings?
Painting landscapes - acrylic painting

That Unknown, Undefined, Yet Beautiful Balance

"The working process is intense and concentrated . . . and it IS work." Plein air painter Harry Stooshinoff shares his inspiration for continuously painting the landscape.
Jill Carver, “Canyonlands From Deadhorse Point,” 2020, oil, diptych, 30 x 30 in. panels

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: “Canyonlands From Deadhorse Point”

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Canyonlands From Deadhorse Point."
Plein air painting in Venice

15 of the Most Influential Landscape Artists on Instagram

We can't get enough of these amazing artists on Instagram! Check out this hot list for new inspiration.
George Van Hook, “Iris,” 2020, oil, 30 x 24 in., Collection the artist, Plein air

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: “Iris”

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Iris."
Watercolor painting of a bridge

Ahhh … Rivers, Streams, Waterfalls

In these paintings, contemporary artists take us to the water’s edge to showcase these jewels of the landscape in all their glory.
Stephen Quiller, “Crestones, Late March,” 2018, watercolor, 26 x 20 in., Private collection, Plein air

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: “Crestones, Late March”

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Crestones, Late March."
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