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Ancestral Plein Air Journey

Read about a plein air painter’s journey to the magical — though traumatic — land of Poland.
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En Train Air

This project celebrates a little-observed but crucial aspect of the American experience — the coming and going of the daily train, linking small towns to the nation at large.
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Painting Shanghai Disneyland

George Scribner takes us on his once-in-a-lifetime journey of painting the construction of Shanghai Disneyland.
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Adventures in Painting Nocturnes on Location

To study the art of painting nocturnes, Jake Gaedtke began venturing into the mountains at 2:00 a.m. There, he began a personal series of lessons in painting, in fears of the unknown, and in close calls with nature. Read about his apprehensions and challenges in this guest blog post, and see if it inspires you to paint outdoors at night!
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How I Crowdfunded My Plein Air Adventure

By Benny Sanders, who also explains how he convinced his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend to remove cactus needles from his ...
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Adventures in Painting Outdoors: The Granite Group

It seemed the closer we got to our destination, the worse it got, starting with cloudy skies and the sound of distant thunder, progressing to light rain, then a steady downpour punctuated with regular flashes of lightning and loud claps of thunder. Finally, within a quarter-mile or so of the campsite, it began to hail the size of gumballs...
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Birthdays, Bucket Lists, and 25 Plein Air Painting Trip Tips

Milessa Murphy Stewart shares her experiences of painting in the snow for the first time. See why she describes her plein air painting trip as “exhilarating, captivating, and awe-inspiring,” and why you should start making plans to treat yourself to a similar trip.
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Plein Air Surprises in Canada

Those who venture beyond the studio to paint outdoors know that surprises are often around the corner. For this group of adventurous artists, nature did not disappoint.
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Painting the “Dwelling Place of the Gods”

Canadian artist and filmmaker Cory Trépanier has been exploring and painting Canada’s Arctic for over a decade. Experience the Arctic through his eyes in this preview of an upcoming exhibition (including captivating video footage from his adventures).
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Sometimes You Have to Get Wet to Find Your Inspiration

If you are in search of the perfect plein air experience and that all-important inspired location to paint, sometimes you must be willing to leave the beaten path and get your feet wet!
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Where in the World Is Plein Air?

Today, no matter where you are, you can watch dozens of outdoor painters bring their works to fruition.

30 Degrees Below Doesn’t Stop These Painters

Since 2010, painters have gathered at YMCA Camp Menogyn to paint the austere beauty of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in the heart of winter.

Hiking to (and Painting) Sperry Chalet

Miles of hiking through the glaciers of Montana led Linda Tippetts to paint “Sperry Chalet,” which later suffered from the park fires of 2017. Read about her thrilling trek in this guest blog post.

Watch: Drone Films an Artist Painting Outdoors in Beautiful California

Plein air artist Donald Neff shows us in this video he created using a drone while painting along the beautiful California coast.

Plein Air in Provence

France — where beauty resides in every village and field — is a favorite destination for me. I love traveling there and painting from life the beauty I see. How did my recent trip go? Find out here...

The Painter from Ipanema

On a recent trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, my wife and I were walking along the sidewalk at Ipanema Beach when I noticed a group of plein air painters in the median strip between the different lane directions on the boulevard.

1 Year, 6 Women, 92 Miles

Six outdoor painters recently undertook an amazing project combining plein air and conservation surrounding the Santa Ynez River Watershed in Santa Barbara County, California. They call themselves “Rose-Compass,” and their work results will soon be on view here.

The Great American Eclipse — En Plein Air

Millions of Americans ventured outdoors on Monday, August 21, to witness the incredible total solar eclipse that swept across the nation from Oregon to South Carolina. Naturally, among them were plein air painters, eager to take advantage of this exceedingly rare artistic opportunity. The results?

Plein Air Travels

Long stretches of highway and wide breadths of landscape have dominated our summer. This body of work represents thousands of miles traveled, a half dozen mountain ranges, and countless good times in between. The following is an account of just one such trip, from Billings, Montana, to Paradise Valley, Bozeman, and back again.

OPPORTUNITY: Painting in Africa Offers Unique Benefits

In September 2018, PleinAir Publisher Eric Rhoads will take a special group of 50 painters to South Africa for a once-in-a-lifetime plein air safari. Accomplished painter Katerina Ring, who offers a similar painting tour in Zambia, has some encouraging thoughts about why you need to take advantage of this opportunity.
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