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...

“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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

24 Days Painting on the Colorado River

California artist Anne Laddon joined 15 other people for a 24-day rafting trip down the Colorado River during which she created about two dozen...

Tolerating the Extremes of Southeast Texas

Texas pastel painter Linda Dellandre reports that extreme heat, high humidity, and alligators can be just as challenging to a plein air painter as...

Painting in Traffic

Most of the artists we feature in our ongoing series of extreme painting are on mountains, in rivers, or along rocky ledges. Two Oregon...

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...

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...
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