First Brush of Spring - seen in PleinAir Magazine

Relationship Goals

It’s an incredible feat when plein air events (primarily volunteer-run) reach milestone anniversaries like the ones we’re celebrating this year. In this issue alone, you’ll read about ...
We're just getting warmed up for the 11th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo! (PACE)

“This Can Really Change Your Life”

Highlights from Day One of the 11th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo.
Jessica L. Bryant painting on location

Are You Loving Nature to Death?

Minimize the impact of painting on location by following a few simple guidelines.
One Day in Bayou Country

One Day in Bayou Country

Reflections on a plein air painting trip with no rules or deadlines - just inspiration and made-to-order sky holes.
Art workshops - Carrie Curran teaches students the basics at the annual Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE)

Art Workshops and the Benefits of Going All In

Whether you’re looking to grow your skills or explore new avenues, art workshops and classes are an investment in your future. Here’s how to get the most from the experience — both during and after the event.
Debra Huse, “Suits ’n’ Boots,” 2019, oil, 16 x 20 in., Private collection, Plein air

Nature’s Studio: 9 Paintings For Your Inspiration

Perhaps no one knows better the beauty awaiting us just outside our doors than the plein air painter. Here we share the work of nine artists who found inspiration close to home in a variety of gardens, yards, and green spaces.
Theresa Kasun painting on location at the Mets stadium

Good Eye: Plein Air Painter Seen at Citi Field

"As a die-hard Mets fan, it just made sense to go there and capture these moments at home games at Citi Field." ~ Plein Air Today Reader Theresa Kasun

A Painting Exercise That’s Almost Like Therapy

Besides improving your brushwork, these painting exercises will go a long way in improving your overall confidence as you pursue your art goals.
Eric Rhoads - Joe Paquet

A Conversation with Master Artist Joe Paquet

Watch an inspiring video interview with Joe Paquet, who describes his upcoming Pre-Convention Workshop “A Beautiful Beginning," coming soon to the Plein Air Convention.
Plein air painting in North Carolina

Guide to Plein Air Painting in North Carolina and Tennessee

Today the art scene in North Carolina and Tennessee is vibrant and ever-growing and the plein air tradition flourishes. Find opportunities and inspiration with this free guide!
A temple in Kyoto, seen during the Plein Air Japan trip

Photo Essay: Plein Air Japan, An Artist’s Dream

Passion for plein air painting drives us to explore new adventures. Two weeks ago a group of 35 plein air artists enjoyed a lifetime...
Jane Hunt, “May Poppies,” oil, plein air, 11 x 14 in.

The Tonal Impressions of Emotions

How and why Jane Hunt, who will be at PACE this May, transitioned from medical illustration to painting the landscape en plein air.
Joe Paquet, featured in PleinAir Magazine

PleinAir Magazine: Close to Home

Preview the newest issue of PleinAir Magazine with the Editor's Letter: Just a few hundred miles from where I live, the Great Smoky Mountains — the site for this year’s Plein Air Convention & Expo — feel like home...
PleinAir Magazine AprilMay 2024 cover

New Issue Sneak Peek: PleinAir Magazine, April/May ’24

Hot off the press > Expert insight and advice from today's plein air masters; News on art competitions; Interesting historical perspectives on landscape art; and more!
Plein air artist Susan Benigni-Landis

A Plein Air Selfie: Inspired by Every Season

The following is part of a series that spotlights an artist who loves painting outdoors. Today's feature is on Susan Benigni-Landis.
plein air painting in Spring flooding

Plein Air Painters: Pay Heed to Rising Water

A cautionary tale about the danger of flash floods: Just because it’s dry where you are, you could still be downstream of a perilous storm.
painting composition - Shanna Kunz, “The Giving Fields,” Oil on linen, 30 x 40 in.

Less About Place, More About Poetry

During her Plein Air live demo session, Shanna will show her composition process by painting a place where her family has gone camping many times.
PleinAir Salon - Brian Blood (Pebble Beach, CA), “Parallel Parking in Paris,” Oil, 12x16 in.

Parisian Painting Wins PleinAir Salon, January 2024

Lisa Skelly, plein air artist and owner of Huse Skelly Gallery, has revealed her selections for the winners in this round of the PleinAir Salon.
Painting winter landscapes - Aaron Schuerr, “Early Winter,” 2019, oil, 14 x 18 in., Available from artist, Plein air

Painting Winter Landscapes: Love at First Snow

With its magical quality of light, winter provides a unique plein air experience. This intrepid artist shares his secrets for braving the elements and painting winter landscapes.
PleinAir Salon judge Lisa Skelly

Should You Enter an Art Competition?

When it comes to art competitions, is it worth entering?