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Painting What’s Underwater

Tim Kelly loves a challenge. He doesn’t just tackle them, he paints great paintings as a result. We thought we’d ask him how he...

Parting Shot: Ice Painting! With a Burner!

Anders Andersson is not messing around. He hacks through ice, paints with freezing water, burns his paper with a propane torch, and chases it all down with Jack Daniel’s.
Plein Air Painters of Alaska - OutdoorPainter.com

Plein Air Painting in the Land of the Midnight Sun

The Plein Air Painters of Alaska, bound together by their hardy Alaskan “can do” attitude, have battled grizzly bears, huge swarms of mosquitoes, inclement weather, and hours of winter darkness to pursue their passion for painting outside.

Parting Shot: Daring to Go Large on the Windy Cali Coast

- Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today - Brian Blood knows the winds along the coast at Garrapata State Park in California can be fierce....

Global Plein Air

You likely wouldn’t be surprised if I told you that outdoor painting is a worldwide phenomenon. We spend a lot of time detailing the amazing events, exhibitions, and festivals here at home, so why not take a brief moment to see what’s happening across the pond?
Plein air painter Randall Cogburn

A 260-Mile Plein Air Relay

Is it possible to participate in two distant plein air events in the same week? This ambitious artist pushes the limits to find out. Bonus: Includes a list of tips for your next plein air event!

Bitter Cold, Crashing Waves & Rising Tides

Going outdoors to paint inspiring subjects sometimes involves putting up with extreme weather conditions or facing unexpected challenges. Both of those things happen to...

What the Orwicks Found During Their Yearlong, International Art Journey

- Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today - Oregon painter Michael Orwick and his wife and daughter have been back home for about two months...
Plein air paintings by Richard Lindenberg - OutdoorPainter.com

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.

When Your Kit Is Like a Hairdo

Karen Whitworth posted a highly organized, detailed photograph of the items in her plein air painting kit, and social media responded. Lead Image: Karen...

Giant New Zealand Mosquitoes?

A travelogue about the recent Publisher’s Invitational Painters’ Trip to New Zealand, by Eric Rhoads of PleinAir Magazine
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Blending Plein Air Paintings with Real Life

We recently discovered Marcelo Rocha on Instagram when he posted a surprising video from a plein air session. You have to see it to believe it, so watch here.

Before You Go to the Top of the World…

- Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today - Cory Trépanier recently posted a YouTube video of his expedition to Aulavik National Park in the Arctic...

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.

Extreme Painting…or Just a Totally Awesome Adventure?

During a September painting retreat in the Bugaboo Mountains in British Columbia, Canada, some dedicated plein air artists were transported via helicopter to spectacular...

Painting a NASA Telescope

Joanna Barnum says her plein air painting experience allowed her to make a successful watercolor under the tight schedule allowed by NASA recently at the Goddard Space Flight Center.
Painting outdoors - Christine Drewyer - OutdoorPainter.com

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!

Urban Sketchers: Focus on People

Angie Hauch of Urban Sketchers Chicago used her skills as an animator to help artists become more comfortable with sketching the bustling people of...

Touring National Parks, En Plein Air

Robert C. Rigsby, Jr. has brought new meaning to extreme plein air, as the artist spent much of 2016 trying to paint each of our nation’s 59 national parks in observance of their 100th anniversary. Did he reach his goal? His amazing story is here!
Debra Huse plein air painting on a boat

Plein Air Painting — On a Boat!

Watch a video clip of Debra Huse painting while on a boat and using a custom “rod-pochade.”
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  1. PleinAir Podcast 213: CW Mundy and the Principles of Painting