The History of Plein Air Painting Before the 19th century, landscape painting was used as the ...

Helping Art Survive Hurricane Harvey

PleinAir and Fine Art Connoisseur magazine have set up a temporary website for artists, galleries, museums, and auction houses to register and tell their stories about Hurricane Harvey. In addition, we’re offering them a chance to participate in a free ad spread that we hope will get spaces reopened and collectors buying.

What’s Cooking at PAM?

The next issue of PleinAir magazine is on the way, and here are some highlights to inspire you.
"Dreaming of Wildflowers" in progress

Get Intimate with Shallow Depth Paintings en Plein Air

The relatively shallow space between our eyes and the ground is a haven of interesting textures, colors, and aromas, especially for plein air painters. Bethann Moran-Handzlik explains.

Ever Wish You Could ‘Undo’ Part of a Painting?

Paintings often have two lives for Andrew Theophilopoulos, thanks to his skills as a digital artist and his love of oil painting.

Eric Rhoads Reviews The Painter’s Watch

Publisher Eric Rhoads wanted to find out if the claims of a watch for painters can hold up. Can a watch tell you how...


Trees are an essential element of almost every landscape painting, and they present challenges to plain air painters who determine their shape, scale, coloration,...

OPPORTUNITY: Plan Now for Big Urban Sketcher Event in Chicago

Artists from all over the world will gather in Chicago in July for the 8th International Urban Sketchers Symposium.

Can Watercolors Be Varnished?

It’s a peculiar practice to varnish your plein air watercolors, since most are matted and glassed when framed. However, artist Mike Simpson has some thoughts on the process that might give you cause to pause.

My Favorite Place to Paint: Thomas Caleb Goggans

Thomas Caleb Goggans lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a river town in the Southeastern United States with its fair share of beauty, history, and quirkiness....

The 10 Best Plein Air Sites

I was asked by the travel editor of a national publication to identify the top 10 painting locations favored by plein air artists. I immediately asked my friends on Facebook what their choices would include, and I received hundreds of recommendations.

Artists and Conservancy: The 10 Habitats of St. Vincent Island, FL

In this series, artist Lori Putnam speaks on the role artists can play in the conservation and preservation of land, cultures, and buildings. In this installment, Putnam explores painting on the conserved land on St. Vincent Island, in Florida.

The Winning Painting That Almost Didn’t Make It

2017 PleinAir Salon Grand Prize Winner Kathleen Hudson retells the remarkable story of how her winning painting was created in this exclusive video interview. The most shocking part? It almost never happened. How?

My Favorite Place to Paint: John Kilroy

John Kilroy grew up in the Boston area, and he’s familiar with its beauty. And there’s one spot that keeps pulling him in. Lead Image:...

Left Thinking

Participating in a multi-day plein air painting event leads to growth — and many questions. At Capitola this year, I created two paintings that reached my mark of satisfaction. The other seven left me wanting much more. A few days later, I was left asking why.

Artists Helping: Art Therapy for Struggling Adults

In this season of giving, many people are looking for ways they can make a difference and help other folks. Here’s one worthy cause, and an easy one for artists with extra art materials.

PleinAir Stage Fright

A welcome wind was grazing my face on a blisteringly hot summer day as I began to scout out my perfect plein air spot for the day. Most importantly, however, it was away from everyone — in a spot so remote that there was no chance anyone would walk by.

Strength (and Fun) in Numbers

In Port Clyde, Maine, an artist has put together a yearly summer getaway for painting friends that seems to be reaching critical mass. How...

Didn’t Win or Get In? There’s an Important Next Step

On my way home from the Chicago area recently, I got to thinking about the importance of attending an exhibition even if you have not received notification of an award or, in the case of a juried exhibition, going to the opening reception even if your work wasn’t accepted.

Maui Invitational Commissions a Classical Music Piece

Twenty-six lucky artists will be spending late February in Hawaii painting in one of the plein air circuit’s most tempting events. The organizers of the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational just made it more interesting with a commissioned piece for the area youth orchestra.
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