“Floating Dream” Finishes First in the PleinAir Salon

Diane Waterhouse, owner of Waterhouse Gallery, has revealed her selections for the winners in this round of the PleinAir Salon monthly art competition.

Congratulations to the winners of the June 2022 PleinAir Salon!

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 PleinAir Magazine. Could you be the next winner?

What the judge had to say:

First Place > “I chose the figurative painting to be first place because of the size, the composition, the intensity, detail, and spirituality of the pose and the classical craftsmanship. This painting is beautifully executed. I found it stunning and powerful.”

Second Place > “I chose this painting because I thought it was dramatic. I liked the composition and the brilliance of the color and light. It has atmosphere.”

Third Place > “I like the scale and drama of this painting – the line and form. The scene is very majestic. It catches your attention.”

PleinAir Salon, June 2022 Winners Preview:

1st Place Overall: “Floating Dream”

PleinAir Salon - Mao YiGang, "Floating Dream," oil, 40 x 60 in.
Mao YiGang, “Floating Dream,” oil, 40 x 60 in.

2nd Place Overall: “Bend in the South Fork”

PleinAir Salon - Kimball Geisler, "Bend in the South Fork," oil, 24 x 32 in.
Kimball Geisler, “Bend in the South Fork,” oil, 24 x 32 in.

3rd Place Overall: “Mountainside Iridescence”

PleinAir Salon - Barbara Jaenicke, "Mountainside Iridescence," oil, 30 x 40 in.
Barbara Jaenicke, “Mountainside Iridescence,” oil, 30 x 40 in.

Best Plein Air – Landscape: “Where Is My Bike?”

John Eiseman, "Where Is My Bike?" oil, 11 x 14 in.
John Eiseman, “Where Is My Bike?” oil, 11 x 14 in.

Best Plein Air – Still Life: “Solar System”

Rick J. Delanty, "Solar System," oil, 14 x 11 in.
Rick J. Delanty, “Solar System,” oil, 14 x 11 in.

Best Plein Air – Acrylic: “Hope of a New Day”

Farley Lewis, "Hope of a New Day," acrylic, 12 x 24 in.
Farley Lewis, “Hope of a New Day,” acrylic, 12 x 24 in.

Best Plein Air – Oil: “Crumbling Coast”

Mike Bagdonas, "Crumbling Coast," oil, 11 x 14 in.
Mike Bagdonas, “Crumbling Coast,” oil, 11 x 14 in.

Best Plein Air – Pastel: “Aquatic Symphony at Aliso”

Lisa Skelly, "Aquatic Symphony at Aliso," pastel, 8 x 10 in.
Lisa Skelly, “Aquatic Symphony at Aliso,” pastel, 8 x 10 in.

Best Plein Air – Watercolor / Gouache: “Broken Fences”

Barbara Tapp, "Broken Fences," watercolor, 10 x 16 in.
Barbara Tapp, “Broken Fences,” watercolor, 10 x 16 in.

“My advice, speaking as a gallery owner of 38 years and the curator of so many exhibitions over those years,” said Waterhouse, “is to paint what you love, paint from your heart and to think commercially, i.e., would this painting be saleable and fit into a gallery? When that happens paintings become special and it shows through.”

Check out the entries for the most recent round of the PleinAir Salon and vote for your favorites as part of the People’s Choice Award! [Vote here]

View the rest of the June PleinAir Salon winners at pleinairsalon.com.
Note: Judges are not provided with contestant names.

The next round of the PleinAir Salon has begun so hurry, as this competition ends on the last day of the month. Enter your best art in the PleinAir Salon here.

About the PleinAir Salon:

PleinAir Magazine presents the 12th annual PleinAir Salon Art Competition. In the spirit of the French Salon created by the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, this annual online competition, with 11 monthly cycles, leading to the annual Salon Grand Prize winners, is designed to stimulate artistic growth through competition. The competition rewards artists with over $33,000 in cash prizes and exposure of their work, with the winning painting featured on the cover of PleinAir Magazine.

Winners in each monthly competition may receive recognition and exposure through PleinAir Magazine’s print magazine, e-newsletters, websites, and social media. Winners of each competition will also be entered into the annual competition. The 12th Annual Awards will be presented live at the Plein Air Convention & Expo in May 2023.

Please Note: We are the PleinAir Salon because we were created by PleinAir Magazine, not because we are a strictly plein air art competition. We know there are a lot of plein air painters who paint in the studio as well as in other styles, subject matters, and mediums. Our magazine features all the artworks of these great plein air painters, and so we too allow non-plein air pieces to win as long as they meet the criteria of the category in which they enter.

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