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Plein Air: Making a Commitment

Discover what’s inside the newest issue of Plein Air magazine, including inspiration from Thomas Kitts, in this sneak preview.
Michelle Usibelli, “Beach Cottages”

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Beach Cottages

In this weekly series Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting from the current issue.
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Paint Light, Not a ‘Bunch of Things’

See how Georgia artist James Richards strives to paint the essence of his subjects by breaking their appearance down to pleasing shapes revealed by the light, and by painting those essential shapes without overworking unnecessary details.
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Preview the Upcoming PleinAir Magazine (February/March 2020)

Enjoy a sneak peek at some of the articles coming up in the February/March issue of PleinAir Magazine, showcasing the top artists and emerging talents making news in the plein air community today.
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Plein Air Prompts: View From Your Window Results

As part of the new Plein Air Prompts we're bringing you, we invited you to share a painting or drawing feature "the view from your window." Here are some of the works you shared with us - be inspired by these, and discover this week's prompt!

Urban Sketchers: Sketching Animals Wild and Familiar

Sketching people is fun. But Roz Stendahl is interested in the other animals one sees in cities. She recently had a field day at...

Get There Fast, Take It Slow

Beautiful Bermuda once again played host to Plein Air Bermuda, a vibrant plein air competition and show that continues to rise the ranks as a must-attend for painters. Who basked in the sun and glory?
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Discover What’s Inside PleinAir Magazine, June/July 2018

Creating the illusion of distance; painting scenes of the East Coast fishing industry; Ralph Oberg, Keiko Tanabe, Kathleen Hudson, and more!
Painting en plein air - Cuba

Painting the People of Cuba

Haven’t been to Cuba? See what it was like when this plein air painter went outside of her comfort zone and connected with her art — and a new culture — in this exclusive Q&A.
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Painting Under Pressure

“Although I’m an enthusiastic plein air painter...” says Barbara Jaenicke, “my participation in competitive plein air events has allowed me to discover quite a bit about my own personal creative process.” Here’s what she learned.
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Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Blackwater Refuge

In this weekly series Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting from the current issue.
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On John Singer Sargent’s “Home Fields, 1885”

Did Sargent place himself in this landscape painting? Thomas Jefferson Kitts, on the work that turned him onto plein air painting.
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Plein Air Painting in Yosemite: Joys and Challenges

Artists from the California Art Club share their experiences from — and advice for — painting in Yosemite.
Kim VanDerHoek, “Key Bridge Arches,” 2018, oil, 11 x 14 in., Private collection, Studio from plein air studies

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Key Bridge Arches

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is “Key Bridge Arches” by Kim VanDerHoek.
Matt Ryder, “Jebal Akhdar,” 2018, oil, 18 x 24 in., Private collection, Studio from plein air studies

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Jebal Akhdar

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote. This week's feature is "Jebal Akhdar" by Matt Ryder.

What the Rocks Tell Us: Life — the Miracle and the Persistence

In this series of articles, Utah artist J. Brad Holt talks about what artists are seeing as they look at the landscape. Holt studied...

Parting Shot: Buck Up, Buttercup … Spring is Here

Yeah, sure, Wisconsites are tough, and don’t tell people from Wyoming that winter is hard where you live. But Antonin Passemard and Ulrich Gleiter are tougher.

Get “Past the Nerves” at a Plein Air Event

If you’ve ever felt nervous when settling into a plein air event, you’ll appreciate this story of how “Corner at the Plaza” came to be.
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Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Driven to Abstraction

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

Asserting Your Own Voice as a Plein Air Painter

Plein air events stimulate interest in outdoor painting among collectors, artists, and critics, but they can also pressure artists to abandon their unique styles of paintings and adopt accepted community standards. Cynthia Rosen is resisting that pressure.
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