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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...

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…”

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...

Spotlight on PACE Faculty: Ray Hassard and Painting Near and Far

Ray Hassard, a featured instructor at the upcoming Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) slated for April 24-28 in San Diego, has traveled widely ... and painted locally. One of his guiding lights is a provocative quote from John Constable.
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Plein Air Heritage: Artist Fred F. Scherer

Starting in the late 1880s, many natural history museums established a practice of showcasing animals in dioramas that would allow visitors to see the specimens in an exact location rather than a generic scene. Meet a master who painted those dioramas from plein air sketches.
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When the Shadow Defines the Light

This Pennsylvania artist loves to paint the light, yet it’s of utmost importance to her to nail down the darks in the composition first thing. See how this approach lets Julie Riker tackle complex subjects confidently.
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Spotlight on Russian Plein Air Painter Juliya Zhukova

"I think we don't have a better teacher than nature." Learn more about the inspiration and art of Juliya Zhukova.

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...

Spotlight on PACE Faculty: Marla Baggetta Gives You Permission

Pastelist Marla Baggetta has a secret she uses every day to put her in the right frame of mind for painting.

Jerry Balcom and The Visual Delights of Plein Air

Washington state plein air artist Jerry Balcom uses compositional devices, edge control, and color intensities to bring viewers into his pastel paintings. These techniques allow him to share the emotions he felt while working on location.
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A Day in the Life of an Artist: Michael Holter

We caught Michael Holter recently as he was packing for his next painting trip: China. In this Q&A, he shares with us what a typical day is like for him, what advice he has for other artists, and more.
Larry Cannon, “South Laguna View” created in the Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational, 10 x 14 in., watercolor on paper

Artist Spotlight: Larry Cannon

This PleinAir Live 2021 Faculty artist was exposed to watercolor in college as part of his architectural training and notes specific moments in his early years of painting that changed his life.
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...

Artist as Collector: Mary Garrish and the Artist’s Choice

Florida painter Mary Garrish calls collecting art “a gut response” to what moves her. But she has another way to explain her choices, one that makes total sense.
plein air paintings by Steve Hill - OutdoorPainter.com

Plein Air Goal: To Paint 1,100 Islands

An artist shares his love (and advice) for painting the Croatian region.
Painting the landscape - Shelby Keefe - OutdoorPainter.com

Spotlight on Plein Air Painter Shelby Keefe

Shelby Keefe shares her inspiration for painting the landscape in this recent interview.

My Favorite Place to Paint: Larry Moore

When Larry Moore returns to his favorite place to paint, things are going to be a little different. Moore is intent on venturing past...
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