Painting Florida in All Its Variety

Florida artist Sharon Osterholt decided she would spend 2015 visiting and painting every state park in the Sunshine State. Here's what she discovered. Lead...

Studio Everywhere Makes Tracks, Makes Waves

The Orwicks have been on the road for five months, painting and encouraging children in various parts of the world to paint, and they...

Selling Everything, Painting Everywhere

Who hasn’t, at one time or another, fantasized about selling everything they own and hitting the road, traveling and painting? Patrick Saunders is doing...

Schuerr’s Final Report: “It Was Crazy Hard Work”

A few weeks ago, we talked with Montana artist Aaron Schuerr about his preparations for a solo painting and backpacking trip from rim to...

Parting Shot: Seeking Depressed Urban Settings

It was a no-brainer for Jean-Pierre Jacquet when he heard about the Oil Painters of America paint-out in late September at the Gowanus Canal...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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...
"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,...

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...
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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...
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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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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...

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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