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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!

Paintings Tough Enough for the Range

Colorado artist Marianna M. Duford has found success in various pursuits but has never followed a traditional path. So it's not surprising that recently...

Spotlight on PACE Faculty: Jill Stefani Wagner and Psychedelic Pink

Jill Stefani Wagner will tell you how the students teach the teachers and the teachers explore with the students in the drama-free, prima donna-averse atmosphere of the Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE). It’s one of the reasons she loves being on the faculty there.
Artist David Leffel

David Leffel Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

We wish to congratulate master artist David Leffel for earning a Lifetime Achievement Award. Watch a touching mini-documentary about his life and his path to becoming a legend.
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Creating Powerful Compositions, and More, with Mark Fehlman

Enjoy an exclusive Q&A with plein air painter Mark Fehlman on his composition checklist, the most important tool artists have, and more.
Artist Cynthia Rosen painting outside in snowy Vermont.

Artist Spotlight: Cynthia Rosen

Cynthia Rosen finds as an artist, she is on an interesting, never-ending journey with inspirations and discoveries around the next bend.

My Favorite Place to Paint: Kelli Folsom

Oklahoma artist Kelli Folsom sometimes wonders what artists from places like Colorado would think about her favorite place to paint. There are no dramatic...

Anatomy of an Award Winner: Jason Sacran and an EnPleinAirTEXAS Time Crunch

For Jason Sacran, there’s nothing like a deadline … and some serendipity.

Ken Karlic’s Sophisticated Chaos

Prolific artist Ken Karlic teamed up with Daniel Smith Watercolors to offer a comprehensive look into his creative process, a process he then applies to other media.
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The Painting Process of a Winning Artist

Please help us congratulate Jerry Markham for winning first place in the recent bi-monthly PleinAir Salon. In this exclusive spotlight, Markham shares his secrets to success.
PleinAir Salon bi-monthly art competition winner

On Painting “Logan Street Sunset”

Congratulations to Gavin Glakas, whose oil painting "Logan Street Sunset" won in a recent bi-monthly PleinAir Salon. In this spotlight, Glakas tells about how the Charleston-inspired painting came to be.

A Jungle in the Suburbs, A Wild Stream in an Office Park

Donald Neff has always been drawn to the quiet little spots in our world. "Give me a little ditch with some water -- that...

My Favorite Place to Paint: Julie Jilek and the Mysteries of High Cliff

From ancient burial mounds to one of the most striking geological features of the United States, Julie Jilek’s favorite place to paint has much to intrigue the painter. But Jilek also loves it because of her personal history.

A Delicate Vision That Came to Pass

Nancy Boren’s oil painting “Cimarron Solstice” won second place in the 6th annual PleinAir Salon art competition. Read about her inspiration for the work, and learn how she created the scene, which exudes both grace and whimsy.
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Painting California’s Piers

Eric M. Davis traveled over 11,350 miles in 17 months to complete the works featured in his book, “The California Pier Series.” Read an exclusive excerpt and view some of the watercolor paintings here.
Plein air painting of people

Four with Fehlman: A Plein Air Q&A

An exclusive four-question Q&A with Mark Fehlman, including how he stays inspired and motivated.
A plein air painting by artist Kelly Medford and the scene that inspired it.

My Favorite Place to Paint: Kelly Medford

Kelly Medford lives in a working-class neighborhood in Rome, Italy, that is rapidly changing. That's appropriate for a plein air painter, because so is...

Learning How to Paint, Again (For the First Time)

After years of painting, with sales and some success, Lennie Mullaney was told that she "had no idea how to paint." It was strong...

My Favorite Place to Paint: John Caggiano, and Paradise Gained

John Caggiano painted a picture of a beach in the Venice, Florida area titled “A Touch of Paradise.” But it was the artist who gave it that magic touch, not nature.
Plein air watercolor artist Sean Friloux

Along the River’s Edge: Painting NOLA en Plein Air

With music pouring onto the streets from every corner of the city, Sean Friloux finds a unique vantage point from which to capture New Orleans in tonal watercolors.
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Cool Whisper: A Winter Landscape Painting

“The environment stimulates your senses as you breathe the fresh air, taking in all the sights and sounds; a truly awe inspiring and humbling experience,” says the artist. “My paintings are my personal response to these surroundings…”
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