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Learn about what projects your fellow plein artists are up to, see online galleries of their landscape paintings, and more in these profiles!

Artist Spotlight: Tina Bohlman

How did you get started and then develop your career? Tina Bohlman: My mom & great grandmother were both gifted artists and luckily some of...

Artist Spotlight: Theodore Heublein

How do you find inspiration? Theodore Heublein: I am the first to paint underwater in the kelp beds of the Monterey area and Point Lobos...
plein air watercolors

Plein Air Watercolors with a Western Flair

Drawn to rural, gritty, and seemingly mundane subjects, Tim Oliver loves the authenticity, immediacy, and raw honesty of painting watercolors en plein air.

Artist Spotlight: Anne Blair Brown

What inspires you? Anne Blair Brown: I find inspiration everywhere. I do not necessarily paint “things”, but rather I focus on light, atmosphere, and color....
Plein Air Convention volunteer

A Volunteer with a Big Heart

In addition to painting beautiful landscapes that document a moment in time, plein air painters are out there making a big difference for individuals in many ways.

Artist Spotlight: Keary Kautzer

Where do you find inspiration for painting? Keary Kautzer: I find inspiration to do a painting from just about everywhere. It could be some flowers...
Painting with pastels - Molly Lipsher, "Brilliant Lineup," 2014, pastel, 6 x 24 in., private collection, plein air

Adventures in Pure Color with Pastels

Molly Lipsher finds pastel the perfect medium for capturing the light, colors, and textures of the Western landscape.
pastel painting - "Waves of Fireworks"

Pastel Live Artist Receives Eminent Pastelist Designation

Congratulations to this pastelist, whose main focus is painting landcapes both en plein air and in the studio.
My studio where you can see the plein air version of “Monsoon Monday” to the left next to my larger 30” x 30” studio piece.

Artist Spotlight: Michele Byrne

How do you find inspiration? Michele Byrne: Two years ago I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Here everything inspires me and I feel like...
Plein air painting Uganda - Edak Young, "Nyanya," oil on canvas, 13 x 16 in.

Q&A With Nigerian Artist Edak Young

In a land where plein air painting is an unusual site, this artist is breaking multiple barriers.
pastel landscapes - 1. "Sunset on the Rim"

9 Pastel Landscapes of the American West

Bethany Field's primary focus is the American West landscape of the Llano Estacado and surrounding areas. She is on the faculty of the upcoming Pastel Live virtual art conference, where she will ...
Brienne Brown’s studio in Central Pennsylvania with her watercolor paintings, "Enfolding Green Pastures" (framed) and "Day for Exploring"

Artist Spotlight: Brienne M Brown

How do you find inspiration? Brienne M Brown: I find beauty in everyday life, the so called “mundane”. Ordinary people going about their everyday lives...
picture of artist Ryan Jensen painting en Plein Air

Artist Spotlight: Ryan Jensen

How did you get started and develop your career? My earliest memories are of my family and including my father, a painter, and mother, a...
Painting landscapes - "Summer Sun at Bluefish Cove, Pt Lobos" by Brian Blood

An Approach to Painting Landscapes, In Studio and Plein Air

A PaintTube.TV interview on how you can benefit from painting landscapes en plein air and in the studio; his approach to color, and more.

Artist Spotlight: Deborah McAllister

Deborah McAllister: I have been creating art all my life. After finishing graphic design school at age 21, I studied painting and began entering...
plein air artist Mitch Baird

Painting Landscapes: As He Sees It

Natural color and light effects punctuate the work of Arizona oil painter Mitch Baird.
picture of artist Cindy Briggs holding her painting

Artist Spotlight: Cindy Briggs

How did you develop your unique style? Cindy Briggs: My style has evolved through various life experiences, travel, workshops, simply painting, and painting more. From a...
artist painting en plein air in Tuolumne Meadows

Artist Spotlight: Ellen Howard

How did you get started and then develop your career? Ellen Howard: I grew up in a house that appreciated the arts and I was...
painting landscapes - "Homeward" by Steve Curry

Little by Little

My story starts like most. As a kid I always drew and created, but I was lucky enough to have grown up in a family of artists...
Artist Manon Sander with her oil painting at the Sedona Plein Air Festival

Artist Spotlight: Manon Sander

What is the best thing about being an artist? Manon Sander: Of course, there are the obvious perks, like having an outdoor office or occasionally...
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