The Foldable Landscape

Lili Schuch realized that her sketchbook had at some point become the artwork. Lead Image: The small format of a sketchbook provides portability and...

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...

Early Influences: Garin Baker

One piece so captivated a young Garin Baker that his mother had to drag him out of the room at the Metropolitan Museum of...

Further Afield: Painting Mongolia

“I don’t know anyone else who is painting the landscape there on location.” California artist Susan Fox isn’t talking about a park. She’s talking...

What the Rocks Tell Us: The Legacy of Pangaea

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

Using Architectural Elements for Contrast

San Diego artist Danny Griego finds that incorporating “urban line” in his paintings makes them much stronger — and mimics the way many of...

Now That’s Service

Florida painter Daniel Ambrose forgot to sign a painting, but he deftly multi-tasked and managed to get his piece to a collector via UPS...

Parting Shot: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Idaho artist Aaron Cordell Johnson snapped this photo recently and posted it to social media, simply saying, “I love September.” Lead Image: September skies...

Urban Sketching: Capturing Disappearing Buildings in Toronto

What started out as documentation proved to be a “Rashomon”-like experience for a sketching group in Canada. Lead Image: Members of Toronto Urban Sketchers...

What the Rocks Tell Us: The Paleozoic World

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

My Favorite Place to Paint: Robert Abele III

Ever painted on the South Coast? Robert Abele III says the light there is matched only by that in Venice, Italy. Lead Image: “Adamsville General...

Parting Shot: Painter in Crepuscular Rays

Jill Wagner was painting in Spoleto, Italy, when, unbeknownst to her, rays of sun bathed her in a column of light. Lead Image: The...

Urban Sketching: Urban, Near and Far, in NYC

It doesn’t get much more urban than New York City. But urban sketching in NYC can mean a lot of different things. Like leaving...

What the Rocks Tell Us: The Riddle of the Rockies

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: Documenting a Forest Fire

Suzi Long captured history, and a plein air painter again took the role of journalist — this time recording a wildfire. Lead Image: “Rough...

Parting Shot: Beautiful Dreamer

Bridget Ertelt had a precious model from which to work, but he couldn’t keep a pose. Lead Image: Bridget Ertelt’s cooperative (and beautiful) model “I set...

What the Rocks Tell Us: Time Passages

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

What the Rocks Tell Us: Running Water

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

What the Rocks Tell Us: The Ocean Basins

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

When Events Benefit a Plein Air Artist

PleinAir magazine editor M. Stephen Doherty generally reports on the painting processes, motivations, and philosophical outlooks of plein air painters in his writing, but...
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