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Friends Painting in the Minnesota Snow

Minnesota artist Jim Henley snapped photographs of his painting companions, Diane LaMere and Derek Davis, when the three artists were deep in snow along...

New Year’s Day Paint-Out in Nevada

Two members of the Reno-Tahoe Plein Air Painters welcomed the new year by painting at the wetlands at the base of Slide Mountain. Take...

Staying Warm in Utah

Utah artist Tom Howard recently ventured off to the southwest corner of the Oquirrh Mountains near Salt Lake, where the temperature was only 2...

Painting Along Narrow Streets in England

Derek Daniells likes to paint along the narrow streets of Stony Stratford in England. Normally, the location is reasonably quiet, but at times the...

“Into the Arctic II”

View the trailer for “Into the Arctic II,” a film about plein air painter Cory Trepanier returning to paint the Canadian Arctic. The film...

The Demands of Kids, Weather & Painting

As a busy professional artist and mother of two small children, Californian Kim VanDerHoek knows that any attempt to paint during a family outing...
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Self-Portrait by a Winter Plein Air Painter

We enjoyed this photograph of Jason Prigge, a snow painter, and his "self-portrait" so much we wanted to share it with you. To find our...
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Water, Water Everywhere!

Cooper Dragonette spent a lovely morning painting a small plein air study of the stormy coastline at Pond Cove in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The...
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Painting Winter in the Midwest

Minnesota artist Carl Cedergren recently sent us photographs of himself painting on a frozen river around Pine County. We found his paintings appealing, but...

Randall Cogburn on Galveston Island

Texas artist Randall Cogburn was lucky to remain terrestrial recently when his setup on a jetty on Galveston Island was threatened by weather rough...
"The Matterhorn," by Rowan Huntley, 2012, acrylic, 15 3/4 x 22 in.

Extreme Painting: Rowan Huntley

Rowan Huntley lives in Wales, but she likes to paint at the ends of the world. The British artist has gone on expeditions to Antarctica,...
Wendie Thompson, founder of the Wisconsin Plein Air Painters Association and an intrepid artist

Expert Cold-Weather Advice From Wisconsin

Wendie Thompson knows plein air painting in freezing temperatures -- she's the founder of the Wisconsin Plein Air Painters Association. She says that when...

How to Be Different…Go Underground

The Steelville Arts Council hosts a plein air event every summer, and it seems it just can't help but be unusual compared to most....

My Favorite Place to Paint: Keith Gunderson

Florida may be old news to many, but it can still be rather exotic. Especially where Keith Gunderson paints. One of Gunderson's favorite places...

Documenting Before Demolition

A small group of plein air painters in the Catskill Mountains of New York are capturing buildings in paint before the wrecking ball gets...

Urban Sketching: Touring by Trolley in San Diego

Artists devoted to depicting the human figure may be used to timed poses in the studio classroom, but plein air painters usually have only...

Motorcycle Riding Is Plein Air Perfect

When you travel by motorcycle to your painting destinations, you’re ahead of the game. “You are already acclimated,” says Mike Simpson. “You are one...

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...

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...

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...
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