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...

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.

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...

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.

Painting California

It isn’t very shocking that, since the dawn of the 20th century, California has become home to remarkable artists from all over the United States and Europe. Centered around the California Art Club and celebrating over a century of natural landscapes, a new publication will soon be headed to your coffee table.

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...

Small, Vibrant Palette Knife Paintings: A Gallery of Art

Shortly after discovering palette knife paintings, this Maryland artist established a set of materials and techniques that now allow her to create intuitive responses to the color, light, and texture of the landscape.

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...

Vincent Is Loved

A highlight of the opening ceremony at PACE17 in San Diego was a presentation by award-winning artist Dena Peterson, who talked about her participation in the incredible film “Loving Vincent.” The recently released film is now winning awards.

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...
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PleinAir Podcast Episode 96: Laurie Kersey

Laurie Kersey’s work includes the dramatic coastline and quiet countryside of California through still lifes, floral, figure, and equine paintings. In this week's podcast, Kersey explains why she considers drawing to be the foundation of painting, the fact that her signature is not a stamp, and more.

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?

Artists Win Big in Maryland

Artists of the 9th Annual Mountain Maryland Plein Air event weren’t the only ones winning big between June 19 and 25 as this year witnessed great weather and more than $11,000 in prizes. Who were the artists basking in glory?

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...
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Becoming Texan: Watercolor En Plein Air

Watercolor artist Richie Vios (b. Philippines) shares how plein air painting has changed his life, and how he is enthusiastically “becoming Texan.”

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...

OPPORTUNITY: Rich Gallego Workshop

The California City Arts Commission is very excited to be hosting accomplished plein air painter Rich Gallego for an in-depth workshop on August 19 from noon to 3 p.m.
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