Plein air painting by Dave Santillanes
Dave Santillanes, “Desert Bouquet,” oil, 24 x 30 in. 1st Place Overall

Congratulations to the February/March 2018 winners of the Plein Air Salon art competition! Be inspired with the following gallery of nine of the winning works, and enter your best piece at

Plein air painting by Marcie Cohen
Marcie Cohen, “Quiet River Study,” soft pastel, 9 x 12 in.
2nd Place Overall
Still life oil painting by Sandra Murphy
Sandra Murphy, “Hop Aboard Moose!” oil, 30 x 30 in.
3rd Place Overall
Still life floral oil painting by Joe Anna Arnett
Joe Anna Arnett, “Breakfast with Roses,” oil, 24 x 30 in.
Category: Outdoor Still Life
Pastel painting by Jim Promessi
Jim Promessi, “Matilija Poppy,” soft pastel, 22 x 28 in.
Category: Floral
Watercolor painting by Brooke Olivares
Brooke Olivares, “Making Apricot Pie,” watercolor, 14 x 16 in.
Category: Watercolor
Oil painting by Paul Schulenburg
Paul Schulenburg, “Storefront On A Summer Evening,” oil, 36 x 36 in.
Category: Nocturne
Landscape oil painting by Melanie Thompson
Melanie Thompson, “Fields Edge,” oil, 18 x 24 in.
Category: Artist Under 30
Oil painting by Carol Arnold
Carol Arnold, “Beautiful Soul,” oil, 34 x 22 in.
Category: Oil

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  1. I am the winner in the Feb. Mar. PleinAir Salon show in the floral competition. Will my piece be published in
    PleinAir Magazine? Where can I purchase the magazine in my area?

  2. How do we see art work submitted in other areas like pencil sketches, portraits, etc? Was there any recognition in other areas than the nine above (which are excellent!)


  3. Is the term “plein air” considered to include paintings done from life but not outdoors? I love the winners here but some look as though they were done in a studio. Not a criticism, just a question.


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