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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!

My Favorite Place to Paint: Bryan Mark Taylor

Bryan Mark Taylor likes a patch of nature where he can be surrounded by the energy of a city. So where does he set...

Freeing a River, Painting the Progress

Paola Fiorelle Berthoin feels strongly about removing obsolete dams to help a river become free-flowing and healthy, and she's found a way to help...

Artist as Collector: James Coe and the Mean Greens

New York State painter James Coe collects paintings that demonstrate good ways of tackling vexing painting problems — like presenting a variety of greens in a landscape.
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Artist Spotlight: Landscape Oil Painting with Karl Dempwolf

Today we welcome artist Karl Dempwolf as our guest with an exclusive Q&A about painting en plein air, his color palette, and his advice for those new to painting with oil.
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10 Inspiring Art Quotes From Dawn Whitelaw

Nashville artist Dawn Whitelaw has been painting in oil for over 50 years. In this spotlight, be inspired with her advice and insights on painting.
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Documenting the Rural Midwest

Focusing on a theme helps establish connections and purpose in an artist’s work, especially when the range of subjects documents a disappearing aspect of...

My Favorite Place to Paint: Marc Dalessio

This painter found a spot where he doesn't have to chase the light, and the view is spectacular. Why wouldn't this be his favorite...

Artist as Collector: Monika Johnson, Finding Inspiration

When Monika Johnson sees someone doing what she tries to do, she finds it inspirational — and she buys the piece. Who’s in her collection?

The View From the Top

What does a top award winner anticipate as he begins a new plein air season? Maryland artist Tim Kelly reveals his expectations for 2018.
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Quotable Artist: Thomas Kegler

Enjoy an inspirational quote from landscape painter Thomas Kegler.

My Favorite Place to Paint: Joe Gyurcsak

Joe Gyurcsak, an artist who works in research and development and demonstrates artist materials for Utrecht, loves one painting spot partly because of the...

Salon Winner Discusses His Array of Tools

Mark Boedges brings years of work and a honed selection of equipment with him to paint outdoors. Like what? Like both bristle brushes and synthetic...

Spotlight on PACE Faculty: Sculptor Marsha Brook’s Dedication to Social Activism

Marsha Brook has enjoyed a successful career as a sculptor, and she has dedicated the rest of her career to sculpting portraits of people who work to improve society. She’ll discuss this during an exclusive demonstration at the Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) next month in San Diego.
Atmospheric paintings by Richard Schloss

3-Minute Q&A with Atmospheric Painter Richard Schloss

Get a quick dose of inspiration in this Q&A regarding Richard Schloss’s atmospheric art, his inspiration, and the single-word answer to his most commonly asked question.
Plein air landscape painting - Chuck Marshall - OutdoorPainter.com

Being Present in the Plein Air Moment

When he creates art, especially in the field, Ohio artist Chuck Marshall effectively separates himself from his daily routine and becomes more self-aware. That separation has always been an important benefit to plein air painting.
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...
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My Favorite Place to Paint: Joan LaRue

Joan LaRue loves Venice. But that's not her favorite place to paint. She knows of a place that has many of Venice's charms, but...

Early Influences: Robert Masla

In this occasional series, we talk to plein air artists about a piece of art that inspired them when they were young. Our first...

My Favorite Place to Paint: Poppy and Point Prim

Lighthouses are such wonderful subjects, aren’t they? They project into the sky with brilliant designs from sandy and rocky shores and are beacons of hope for weary sailors. For accomplished outdoor painter Poppy Balser, there will always be a special place in her heart for Point Prim. Discover why here.
Plein air painting - Don Bishop

Plein Air Tonalism with Acrylics

Two of a plein air painter’s favorite elements — light and atmosphere — are arguably best celebrated by a tonalist approach, as the work of this Oregon painter suggests.
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