Funny plein air stories - OutdoorPainter.com

The Funny, the Odd, and the Downright Bizarre!

Enjoy 9 real life (and real funny) stories from several well-known plein air painters.
Plein Air Magazine - OutdoorPainter.com

Never Stop Learning and Growing

Discover what’s inside the newest issue of Plein Air magazine, including the art and advice of Richard McKinley, Mitch Baird, Lori Putnam, and more, in this sneak peek.
Artist with painting buyers

How My Painting Got Into a Tokyo Museum

Keith Wicks shares the delightful story of how he discovered his work on display in Japan.
Mitch Baird, “Boat Builders Shop,” 2017, oil, 16 x 20 in., Private collection, Plein air

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Boat Builders Shop

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting. This week's feature is “Boat Builders Shop” by Mitch Baird.
Plein Air Prompt of the Week: View From Your Window

Plein Air Prompt: View From Your Window

Create a painting inspired by our creative art prompts, and your art could be featured in Plein Air Today!

Plein Air Artist Spotlight: Sparky LeBold

Read about Sparky LeBold, a National Artist of Portugal, where townspeople have lovingly nicknamed him “Picasso Americano."
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.

From Coast to Coast

In a year filled with confusion and anxiety, we’ve also seen incredible displays of ingenuity. Artists, organizers, and gallery owners adjusted, finding ways to stay active and relevant. See how we explore this, and more, in the new issue of PleinAir Magazine.
Brooke Borcherding, “Evening Along the Riverbed,” 2019, acrylic

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Evening Along the Riverbed

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Evening Along the Riverbed" by Brooke Borcherding.
Pastel painting by Tony Allain

One Way to Become a Better Artist

If you’ve been dreaming of bringing a looser and more painterly feel to your work, this will be the most important message you read today.

My Favorite Place to Paint: Jean Koeller

Jean Koeller has fallen in love with a place of turquoise waters and fascinating rock formations. In many ways, it reminds her of a...

How Do You ‘#PaintItForward’?

Outdoor painting is so much more than a creative outlet—it’s a way to connect with nature, form lifelong relationships, and expose passers-by to an exciting cultural phenomenon. Discover how one ascending watercolorist is using his talents to give back to the community he captures in so many beautiful ways.
Painting outdoors - Lyn Boyer

Slow Down Before You Poke Your Eye Out With That Paintbrush!

Today we tip our hats to Lyn Boyer, who shared an inspirational post recently on why we try to rush toward greatness, even though we all know that time is an essential ingredient to mastering anything that’s worthy. See what she has to say about this topic, and be inspired.
Oil painting - John Whytock - OutdoorPainter.com

Artists and the Fear of Success

John Whytock, a winner of the bi-monthly PleinAir Salon, addresses entering art in competitions.
Landscape oil painting - OutdoorPainter.com

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Night Watch

In this weekly series Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting from the current issue.
Landscape oil painting - OutdoorPainter.com

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Dream Lake

In this weekly series Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting from the current issue.
Artistic Inspiration - Holly Van Hart - OutdoorPainter.com

Conveying Our Deepest Emotions

To make paintings that stir up primal reactions, communicate your emotions clearly and with conviction.
Mitch Baird, “Boat Builders Entry,” 2018, oil, 11 x 14 in., Collection the artist, Plein air

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Boat Builders Entry

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting. This week's feature is “Boat Builders Entry” by Mitch Baird.

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Between Two Boats

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is “Between Two Boats” by Ryan Jensen.
Plein Air Prompt: Paint or Draw Your Pet

Plein Air Prompt: Paint or Draw Your Pet

Create a painting inspired by our creative art prompts, and your art could be featured in Plein Air Today!
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