Unique Gifts for Artists

23 Favorite Gifts for Artists This Year

With the holiday season approaching, gift giving is top of mind - but of course, we won’t judge if you decide to put these on your wish-list or even buy any of these art-inspired gifts for yourself - a little shoptherapy does one good sometimes!
Plein air watercolor paintings

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: “Madeline Island Ferry”

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Madeline Island Ferry" by Dan Mondloch.
Artist Residencies - Key West Plein Air

Connecting with Nature via Art in Key West

Be inspired when you see how Shannon Torrence, who was awarded an artist residency from the National Parks Arts Foundation and the National Parks Service, lived the artist’s dream life in Key West.
Plein air watercolor paintings

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: “The Well, Elba”

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "The Well, Elba" by Francesco Fontana.
Oil paintings of plein air artists

5 Paintings of Plein Air Artists

We're honored to share with you the top finalists and winner of the "Best Painting of an Artist in Plein Air" category of the recent Artist and Selfie Painting Competition.

7 Art Studio Projects for Difficult Times

If you're spending a lot of time isolated, as many of us are, you'll appreciate this list of painting projects that John MacDonald put together to help you stay focused, inspired, and ready to paint your next landscape.
Indiana barns

How (and Why) This Artist Painted 186 Barns in Indiana

“Heritage Barns of Indiana” is a painting project started in 2004 by Gwen Gutwein. “My focus was on historic barns throughout Indiana and capturing as many on canvas as possible, on location,” she said. We asked Gutwein to tell us about her inspiring and meaningful project, including her guidelines for painting historic barns and her advice for other plein air artists.
Watercolor paintings - Marjorie Glick

Plein Air Watercolor: From Sketch to Finish

See how this outdoor painter considered her options for capturing a “Joyful Day” on paper at Acadia National Park.

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: “Bondurant”

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Bondurant" by Kimball Geisler.

Why Plein Air? It’s Natural

A growing number of artists embrace the genre, yet others are skeptical. Why do some gravitate toward painting outside while others say, “Why bother with the hassle?”

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: “Bless Her Heart”

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Bless Her Heart" by Kathie Odom.

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: “SoHo Rooftop No. 31, South”

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "SoHo Rooftop No. 31, South" by Julie Davis.

Artist Encounters With Curious Cows

There are some challenges that all plein air artists come across while in the field, including weather and insects. Among the top occurrences just might be of the bovine variety...
Heidi A. Marshall, “Cloud Rhapsody,” 2020, pastel, 12 x 16 in., Available from Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Plein air

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: “Cloud Rhapsody”

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Cloud Rhapsody" by Heidi A. Marshall.

What is Intuitive Painting?

Johanne Mangi explains how to use intuition when painting, and what a difference it can make when you "let go" during the creative process.
David Savellano, “Lahaina Morning Glow,” 2020, watercolor

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

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Lahaina Morning Glow" by David Savellano.

The How of Painting Clouds and Sky

In case you missed it: We received a wide variety of submissions from an earlier Winter Sky Challenge. So what did we see when we looked at the paintings? Two things.
Brienne Brown, “Good Morning Bailey’s,” 2019, watercolor, 14 x 18 in., Available from artist, Plein air

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

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Good Morning Bailey’s" by Brienne Brown.
PleinAir Salon art competition - OutdoorPainter.com

PleinAir Salon August 2020 Winners Revealed

George Billis of the George Billis Gallery, NYC and LA, has revealed his selections for the winners in this round of the PleinAir Salon.

How 7 Artists Impacted a Community

We receive much correspondence from artists, collectors, and societies. In this letter, Debra Riley, Gallery Manager / Conroe Art League, shares with us the story of how "one little decision" forever altered her life, and the lasting impact of a handful of artists in the 1960’s.
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