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Discover upcoming artist events, art exhibitions, paint-outs, quick draws, Invitationals, and more for plein air artists and collectors.

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Highlights From the First-Ever Pastel Live

Welcome to your Daily Highlights from the first-ever Pastel Live virtual art conference! We hope you'll enjoy these favorite moments and demos from this unforgettable event!
Painting Events - A scene from the Publisher's Invitational, Fall Color Week

Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for September 2021

Take advantage of these in-person and virtual plein air painting opportunities from our special guide!
Judson Brown, plein air painter

On View: Painting Connections

Learn about a plein air painting exhibition by painter, teacher, and avid outdoorsman Judson Brown.
Painting outdoors - Art in the Open

Painting the Landscape in Ireland: Art in the Open Winners

In its 14th year, this annual festival hosted 100 artists painting and capturing the stunning landscape of the Sunny South East, County Wexford in Ireland.
Plein air painting in London

Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for August 2021

Summer is almost over, so take advantage of these in-person and virtual plein air painting opportunities from our special guide.
Plein air painting workshops - OutdoorPainter.com

Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for July 2021

Summer is in full swing, and so are these in-person and virtual plein air painting opportunities.
Painting and art retreats

Painting with Friends in the Adirondacks

Wouldn't it be nice to spend a week simply painting in the outdoors, making new friends, and relaxing to evening music? You can. Here's how.
A scene from the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival (June 17-20, 2021, Nova Scotia)

Time to Get Outside! Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for June 2021

Summer is coming, and so are these in-person plein air painting opportunities!
Plein air painting events - winning artists

Top Picks at the 22nd Annual First Brush of Spring

Over 120 artists descended on the Wabash River town in Southwestern Indiana, competing for over $20,000 in prizes and purchase awards.
Plein Air Live - BethUllmann

Making Friends and Changing Lives at Plein Air Live

There was more to Plein Air Live than learning how to paint better landscapes...
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Mark Your Plein Air Calendar: May Events and Exhibitions

Spring is in full swing, and so are these in-person plein air painting opportunities. Check out these upcoming events from our Artists' and Collectors' Ultimate Guide to Painting Events and Organizations, as well as plein air exhibitions that are on view.
Photo of Christoval art colony painters

In the Steps of the Master: A West Texas Adventure

A hundred years ago, coming to West Texas was the ultimate adventure ... Roughing it was not an abstract concept on these sketching trips.
Plein air painting of a bridge

Plein Air and a Kate Winslet Connection

Kate Winslet's new HBO mini-series takes place in an area that has drawn plein air painter Jacalyn Beam to it many times. Perhaps you've even painted these scenes?
Plein Air Events - OutdoorPainter.com

Get Outside! Plein Air Events for April 2021

Spring is here, and so are these in-person plein air painting opportunities. Check out these upcoming events from our Artists' and Collectors' Ultimate Guide to Painting Events and Organizations.
Plein Air Events - OutdoorPainter.com

Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for March 2021

Spring is coming, and so are these in-person plein air painting opportunities. Check out these upcoming events from our Ultimate Guide! As a special bonus, we're even including advice for 2021 art event organizers so you can make it the best year yet.
Plein Air Podcast - Kevin Macpherson

How to Transform Your Paintings in 3 Days

Give us just three days and you'll discover the techniques used by the leading landscape and outdoor painting masters.
Cover of art workshops guide - painting outdoors

2021 Guide to Art Workshops, Schools, and Ateliers

There is no finish line when it comes to painting. Taking art workshops helps us grow, and that's why our team puts together this annual free Artists’ Guide to Workshops, Schools, and Ateliers.
Rural landscape painting

Red Wing Arts Festival: Autumn Invitational Recap

Mary Pettis describes why she made her selections of the top four winning paintings in the Red Wing Arts Autumn Invitational. See the works and watch the full awards ceremony here.
2021 Ultimate Guide to Plein Air Painting Events & Organizations

Your 2021 Plein Air Ultimate Guide

It's here! Your 2021 Ultimate Guide to Plein Air Events & Organizations, a free resource from PleinAir Magazine. Bookmark this link today so you can refer to it all year long!
Plein air landscape paintings

The Wild Side: Plein Air Paintings Available Now

"The Wild Side Art Show and Sale" is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a virtual exhibition. More than 80 paintings that highlight Catalina Island’s wildlands, Avalon, and Two Harbors were created by 10 nationally-recognized plein air artists.
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