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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!

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Are Your Colors Too Hot?

Primarily known as a painter of big game, Carl Rungius earned himself a revered position in the canon of plein air painting for his fidelity to ...
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Artist Spotlight: LAUREL DANIEL

How do you find inspiration? Laurel Daniel: Ever inspired by big skies and dramatic cloud dances, Laurel Daniel’s new work offers further insight into her...

Artist Spotlight: Lee MacLeod

How do you find inspiration? Lee MacLeod: As a landscape painter who gravitates to painting clouds, I live in the perfect place to find inspiration....
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Artist Spotlight: Lynn Dunbar Bayus

How did you get started and then develop your career? Lynn Dunbar Bayus: I was in advertising for 10 years and thought I’d go back...
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Painting With Your Entire Body

Ryan Jensen fills 9-foot paintings with landscapes done on location. Here are the challenges, how and why he does it, and how being a Marine has informed his path as a professional artist.
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Artist Spotlight: Marc Anderson

How did you get started and then develop your career? Marc Anderson: I got my “professional” start as a freelance cartoonist and illustrator. I’d been...

Reader Spotlight on … Jill Knutson

"In a way I feel I am recording a bit of history. My resulting painting is then a record of what was."
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It’s a Beach Thing

A Plein Air Today Reader Spotlight on ... Emily Neel
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Artist Spotlight: Kathleen Gray Farthing

How did you get started and then develop your career? Kathleen Gray Farthing: While out painting, the question I am most often asked is, “How...
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Better With Time

Elements of wear and tear in Mat Barber Kennedy’s textural watercolors show signs of life and how we live it.

Artist Spotlight: Barb Walker

Barb Walker: Confession. I don’t always draw in preparation for a painting. Actually, almost never unless the light is so fleeting that a quick...
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A Day in the Life of … Mary Garrish

What's it like to be a pro artist who lives and works from an RV? Mary Garrish takes us a day-in-the-life plein air painting tour to find out.

Artist Spotlight: David Marty

How did you get started and then develop your career? David Marty: I was an art major in college but went into graphic design to...

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...
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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....
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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.
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