Fabulous Faves From the February Salon

Did you or your friends win? Karen Hagan, painter and owner of Hagan Fine Art has revealed her selections for the winners in the Plein Air Salon February Art Competition.

First place will receive a cash prize, plus all winners will be entered into the judging for the annual cash prizes, including the $15,000 grand prize for the best painting of the year, and they’ll see their painting on the cover of Plein Air Magazine. Could you be the next winner?

Plein Air Salon, February 2022 Winners:

1st Place Overall: Winter Magic

Plein Air Salon - Brent Cotton, "Winter Magic," oil, 32 x 40 in.
Brent Cotton, “Winter Magic,” oil, 32 x 40 in.

“When I look at the three top winners, they all are very different paintings but they have common elements – the main element being mystery,” Hagan said. “They each had an incredibly intense feeling to them and were composed so beautifully and rendered to a stopping point that was not overworked. They seemed fresh and I felt like I could see the artist’s hand in each of the works.

“That’s probably the biggest thing for me, is to be able to see the brushwork in a painting. In the end, I just couldn’t look away from them. It’s masterful to be able to create such engaging work.”

2nd Place Overall: Resolute

Plein Air Salon - Jane Hunt, "Resolute," oil, 24 x 18 in.
Jane Hunt, “Resolute,” oil, 24 x 18 in.

3rd Place Overall: Sunshine

Plein Air Salon - Abigail McBride, "Sunshine," oil, 24 x 18 in.
Abigail McBride, “Sunshine,” oil, 24 x 18 in.

Best Plein Air: Flow

Abigail McBride, "Flow," oil, 18 x 24 in.
Abigail McBride, “Flow,” oil, 18 x 24 in.

Best Landscape Painting: Prairie Snow

Deborah Tilby, "Prairie Snow," oil, 24 x 24 in.
Deborah Tilby, “Prairie Snow,” oil, 24 x 24 in.

Best Outdoor Still Life: Eastern Shore Flavor

Suzie Baker, "Eastern Shore Flavor," oil, 16 x 16 in.
Suzie Baker, “Eastern Shore Flavor,” oil, 16 x 16 in.

Hagan added: “To fellow artists, please enter! It makes us all better artists when we set goals for ourselves to create. If you don’t enter, you’ll never know what you might accomplish, who you might meet, who will see your work for the first time, what opportunities might arise, and how you might spend the prize money. Just put the next deadline on your calendar and go for it!”

View the rest of the Plein Air Salon winners here.
Note: Judges are not provided with contestant names.

The next round of the Plein Air Salon has begun so hurry, as this competition ends soon. Enter your best art in the Plein Air Salon here.

New This Year! We’re now offering a People’s Choice Award in each monthly cycle, with a prize of $100! (When you enter your painting, you’ll be able to “promote your artwork” with a special link.)

About the Plein Air Salon:

In the spirit of the French Salon created by the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, this annual competition, with monthly cycles leading to annual Salon Grand Prize winners, is designed to stimulate artistic growth through competition. The competition rewards artists with $30,000 in cash prizes and exposure of their work, with the winning painting featured on the cover of Plein Air magazine.

It is our belief that cash prizes provide further inspiration and an avenue for artists to thrive and create new work by helping alleviate financial pressure.

Winners in each monthly competition may receive recognition and exposure through Plein Air magazine’s print magazine, e-newsletter, and social media. Winners of each monthly competition will also be entered into the annual competition.

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