Seeing Colors and Life in the Shadows

This Southern California oil painter seeks out and composes paintings with strong dark-light patters, but what happens next is a reflection of his soul. Mark...

My Favorite Place to Paint: Julie Riker and What’s ‘So Darn Cute’

Julie Riker loves the beach, and has been going there for years. But when she goes, she doesn’t paint the beach — she paints the beach town and the marshes. Why?

Devoting Oneself to Plein Air Later in Life

Developing a passionate interest in plein air painting can happen at any point in an artist's career; the necessary skills can be learned and...

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.

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.

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.

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.

What’s Cooking at PAM?

The next issue of PleinAir magazine is on the way, and here are some highlights to inspire you.
Having a great time during the 2016 Publisher’s Invitational in the Adirondack Mountains. Left to right: S. Pamela Reese, Nancy Howell, Brady Rhoads, Eric Rhoads, Susan Jositas, Michelle Byrne.

The Movement That Is Changing The Art World

Early on, plein air pioneers in Europe broke new ground, among them great painters like Constable, Corot, and later, Monet and friends. In America, the...

Artists and Conservancy: Conservancy Close to Home

by Lori Putnam In this series, artist Lori Putnam speaks on the role artists can play in the conservation and preservation of land, cultures, and...

OPPORTUNITY: Plein Fun Fest in Delray Beach, FL

- Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today - Make plans to be in Delray Beach, Florida, in January for Plein Fun Fest, a plein air...

Parting Shot: It Takes a Village (or, Autumn in New York)

- Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today - Salmagundi Club members and their painting friends recently gathered in New York City’s Greenwich Village to paint...

Artists and Conservancy: When a National Park Is Something Else

By Lori Putnam In this series, artist Lori Putnam speaks on the role artists can play in the conservation and preservation of land, cultures, and...

Why This Works: Correct Capture of Dissipating Light (and Color)

- Jeanne Mackenzie reporting - In this series, plein air painter and instructor Jeanne Mackenzie takes a look at new paintings by contemporary artists and...
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Smiling Faces, Happy Painters at PACE

- Staff reporting - You’ve heard a little about it. You’ve seen some of the paintings. The 2016 Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) was...

OPPORTUNITY: Competition in Meeker, CO, in June

- Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today - The varied landscape of Meeker, Colorado, is the focus of an event running June 15-July 4 called...

Cuba in Chicago

- Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today - Nancie King Mertz was part of the 100-artist contingent that went to Cuba in February as part...

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...

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:...

My Favorite Place to Paint: Brian Keeler

Brian Keeler’s favorite painting spot? That’s a big question mark. Literally. Lead Image: “Early Morning Winter,” by Brian Keeler, oil, 44 x 48 in. Studio...
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