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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 Chris Rapa with her work

Artist Spotlight: Chris Rapa

How did you get started and then develop your career? Chris Rapa: My parents set me loose on a basement wall with brushes and cans...
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Artist Spotlight: Justin Vining

How do you find inspiration? Justin Vining: I have lived as a full-time painter for nearly 13 years. Initially a studio painter, I transitioned to...
Hector Acuna artist painting on location

This Helped My Art Journey

A special spotlight on someone from the plein air painting community you may not know yet: Hector Arcuna on his Aha moment, and more.
Kimball Geisler, “Winter Derelicts,” Oil, 45 x 50 in.

Plein Air Painting as a Game of Chess

On plein air painting > Kimball Geisler discovered a love for nature and the plein air life in countless intriguing natural landscapes.
Plein Air Art history - mural study

Plein Air Heritage: Art for the Common People

Born on a farm near Dunavant, Kansas, John Steuart Curry (1897–1946) believed that art should appeal to ...
artist posing with collectors, while holding one of her paintings

Artist Spotlight: Anne Blair Brown

How did you develop your unique style? Anne Blair Brown: The first step to developing my style was to learn the fundamentals of painting. For...
artist Jennifer reifenberg out in the field, and below, image of "power of gray"

Artist Spotlight: Jennifer Riefenberg

How do you find inspiration? Jennifer Riefenberg: It is with an intimate understanding and a closer-in vantage that artist, Jennifer Riefenberg, seeks in portraying the...
Plein air painting, Erin Spencer

My Greatest Teacher

A special spotlight on someone from the plein air painting community you may not know yet: Erin Spencer on her Aha moment, and more.
Plein air painting - John Henry Twachtman, "Icebound," c. 1889, oil on canvas, 25 1/4 x 30 1/8 in., The Art Institute of Chicago, Friends of American Art Collection

Icebound in 1889: A Historic Plein Air Painting

A plein air painting by an artist who often explored the quiet beauty of a snowy landscape, finding the icy terrain conducive to contemplation and regeneration.
Caitlin Leline Hatch, "Morning Chores,” watercolor on paper, 10 x 11 in.

A Rural Heart, in Art and Life

This watercolor artist pushes pause on our distracted, modern lives, and invites us to consider overlooked moments of natural beauty.
Plein air painter Alison Barry

A Plein Air Artist to Watch: Alison Barry

A special spotlight on someone from the plein air painting community you may not know yet: Alison Barry on her aha-moment and more.
Rex Brandt plein air watercolor painting

Rex Brandt (1914-2000), California Scene Painter

As a plein air artist, you are part of one of the largest art movements in history. Learn about "California Scene Painter" Rex Brandt here.
John Constable, "Cloud Study: Stormy Sunset," 1821-1822, oil on paper, mounted on canvas, 8 x 10 3/4 in., National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Louise Mellon in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, plein air

John Constable: A Student of the Sky

Plein Air Heritage: John Constable felt that a thorough understanding of the formation of clouds, their influence on the quality of light...
photo of artist with her plein air paintings

Artist Spotlight: Jill Banks

What is the best thing about being an artist? Jill Banks: First, I love painting – that important part of being an artist. I immerse...
C.W. Mundy, “Emily At The Beach,” 2006, Oil on linen, 36 × 24 in.

Passion and Desire: Foundations of the Artistic Process

An interview with artist C.W. Mundy; The following is part of a series featuring a leader in the art community who will be joining us on the faculty of Realism Live, November 9-11, 2023.
Barbara Tapp, "Pink House Stands Alone," 2019, watercolor, 10 x 14 in., Available from artist, Plein air

A Plein Air Portrait of Resilience in Watercolor

Once part of Berkeley’s proud Orchid Nurseries, the Pink House stands isolated but dignified, surrounded by empty lots...
artist with her paintings

Artist Spotlight: Cynthia Rosen

How do I find inspiration? Cynthia Rosen: Whether I paint plein air or in my studio inspiration never is difficult to find. My energy may...
Photo of myself painting Mt Washington “en plein air” in the winter. Standing on a bath matt helps keeps my feet warm

Artist Spotlight: Melanie Levitt

How did you get started and then develop your career? Melanie Levitt: I started painting at a young and painted all my life but went...

Then and Now: Making a Pure Record

Plein air artist Jill Carver made some big changes about 10 years ago, focusing on becoming the best painter she can be. Here's how.
Artist at work

Artist Spotlight: Barb Walker

How do you find inspiration? Barb Walker: This sounds like an easy question to answer, right? There is a saying among painters: “anything in good...