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On newsstands: Richard Schmid shares his alla prima landscape painting secrets; 6 keys to convincing trees; and more! (Read the August/September 2018 issue of Plein Air Magazine now online.)

On the cover: Richard Schmid, “Clayton Beck Painting,” 2007, oil, 16 x 20 in., Private collection, Plein air

PleinAir Magazine August/September 2018

Publisher’s Letter: Rethinking Plein Air Events and Quality

Editor’s Note: The Plein Air Community

Plein Air Portfolio: Beaches and Coastlines

The Joy of Seeing: This champion of alla prima, representational painting sums up the quality that has driven a lifetime of plein air work in one word — honesty.
By John A. Parks

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John Brian Guernsey, “Sharp Right Turn,” 2017, oil, 16 x 20 in., Collection of the artist, Plein air

Truth in Mood: Follow along as Guernsey demonstrates his process for creating character in a landscape, while including select details that ground the picture in a sense of truthfulness.
By Bob Bahr

Capturing a Dazzling Light: Garnering important visual knowledge from field studies, Jaenicke infuses her studio compositions with awe-inspiring light effects.
By Robert K. Carsten

First Impressions: The freshness and immediacy of Newman’s on-location oil paintings are a direct result of his approach: Dive right in.
By Stefanie Laufersweiler

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Stephanie Amato, “The Red Cabin,” 2018, oil, 12 x 16 in., Collection of the artist, Plein air

Inspired by Variety: When this oil painter moved from New Jersey to Georgia two years ago, she found that the change in scenery did not have to mean a change of subject matter.
By Bob Bahr

Painting the Town: For this artist, the fresh, spontaneous quality of watercolor makes it perfectly suited to capturing the energy of urban settings.
By Kelly Kane

Making Connections: Discovering plein air and participating in events has opened new doors in this artist’s career and creative expression.
By Kelly Kane

Six Keys to Painting Trees
With Character and Dimension
By John MacDonald

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  1. Hi Kelly,
    I’m a watercolor painter who just subscribed. I saw the Ron Stocke article and I paint outdoors a lot. In reading the digital edition I see that almost all the articles are by oil painters. Now I have second thoughts. You also publish a watercolor magazine, I believe. Is it possible to switch my subscription over to that? I think you publish Watercolor Artist magazine, correct? That would be more useful to me.

    • Hi Terrance,
      We cover a range of media in PleinAir Magazine. We also publish a weekly newsletter devoted strictly to watercolor, American Watercolor Weekly, that covers a variety of subjects, from landscapes to figures, still life, and abstracts. You can subscribe for free at

  2. May I purchase a Aug/Sep copy? I just subscribed last night so I won’t get it in my subscription, I don’t believe. Richard Schmid is my most important influence. I would hate to miss the full magazine. Thank you so much, Andrea Wilson 332 Mallard Way, Sevierville, TN 37876


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