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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!

Spotlight on PACE Faculty: Jim Wodark

Learning from somebody of Jeremy Lipking’s caliber at the Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) next month in San Diego is an attractive notion. But let it be known, PACE is designed to help both advanced artists and beginners. Attend Lipking’s demo, but also attend Jim Wodark’s pre-convention session about equipment, part of the Plein Air Basics Course.
Dawn Whitelaw, "Frozen," 30 x 40 in.

Not Idle in Winter: Dawn Whitelaw

We can't show one of the most interesting things Tennessee artist Dawn Whitelaw does in winter to make her plein air paintings better...

Artist as Collector: Jill Basham

Maryland painter Jill Basham says she collects work by other artists that she thinks is beautiful. But she also does it to learn.
How to paint landscapes

What’s Your Mother Color?

A Q&A with Bob Rohm on the process of landscape painting, including his use of a "mother color."

Anatomy of an Award Winner: Nancy Tankersley at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Event

When Nancy Tankersley saw this scene, she felt like it captured the feel of Florida. The judge at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Plein Air Festival agreed.

Spotlight on PACE Faculty: Karl Dempwolf

Karl Dempwolf is a key figure in California plein air painting, so much so that PleinAir magazine publisher Eric Rhoads will present Dempwolf with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) in April. That’s one of the reasons Dempwolf will be there in San Diego. But why else?

My Favorite Place to Paint: Carol Smith Myer

It's called Rush Creek, but it's more of a wetlands area, with an estimated 196 species of birds enjoying the nature preserve's 522 acres...
plein air landscape painting Carla Bosch - Back Bay

Q&A With Plein Air Painter Carla Bosch

Carla Bosch grew up in South Africa, where her eyes “were trained to find the beauty” around her. In these paintings, it shows.
An Artist's Perspective On Boats, Buildings, and Brushes

An Artist’s Perspective On Boats, Buildings, and Brushes

Vladislav Yeliseyev shares insights on painting two different landscape subjects, and the brushes he uses for them, in this artist profile from Plein Air Today.
Plein air artist Hai-Ou Hou painting outside in China next to a river.

Artist Spotlight: Hai-Ou Hou

Hai-Ou Hou’s favorite studio is the outdoors, and she finds that nothing beats the beauty and wonder of nature.
Plein air art history - Claude Lorrain - OutdoorPainter.com

Plein Air Moment: The Judgment of Paris

As a plein air painter, you are part of one of the largest art movements in history. Learn about artist Claude Lorrain here.
Plein air painting Uganda - Edak Young, "Nyanya," oil on canvas, 13 x 16 in.

Q&A With Nigerian Artist Edak Young

In a land where plein air painting is an unusual site, this artist is breaking multiple barriers.

My Favorite Place to Paint: Kevin McCain

When Kevin McCain goes to his favorite place to paint, he goes home -- home to a place where movie studios, pop stars, and...
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...

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...
Artist quotes - Albert Handell - OutdoorPainter.com

Quotable Artist: Albert Handell

Enjoy an inspirational quote from pastel artist Albert Handell.

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...
Painting outdoors - San Francisco

My Favorite Place to Paint: Bruce Katz

Nine years ago, California artist Bruce Katz was featured in a Plein Air Today series called “My Favorite Place to Paint.” Back then, it was the countryside outside of San Francisco. We followed up with him to see if - or how - his locale preference has changed.
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.

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...