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How You Stack Up Against the Best of Your Peers

The PleinAir Salon is quickly becoming the place where the best painters are putting their best paintings next to one another to gauge their...

Easton Conjures up a Pearl of a Winter Plein Air Event

Easton, Maryland, a spot well known to plein air painters thanks to its hugely successful Plein Air Easton! event, is involving local businesses, land...

Paint a “Higher Sense of Reality”

Joseph McGurl wants to capture the human and spiritual dimensions of the landscape with his plein air and studio paintings. He explains how he...

Award Winner Root Arrives Ready for Anything

Why is Peggy Root, the First Place winner in the August/September contest in the PleinAir Salon, a devoted plein air painter? ...

Ten More Artists Qualify for Big $15,000 Prize

PleinAir readers were hard on juror Skip Whitcomb: The Colorado artist had a tough time choosing the finalists in PleinAir magazine's August/September contest, part...

Familiar Name Among Shorewood Winners

Tom Nachreiner took home the Best of Show award at the Plein Air Shorewood event, and a familiar name nabbed First Place. ...
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Why Enter Online Competitions?

The PleinAir Salon has its next deadline on September 30, and artists -- often slightly prone to procrastination -- are entering the competition in...

Events and Winners at Crooked Tree

The Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey, Michigan, recently hosted two notable events, and awarded thousands of dollars in prizes. Who won the $3,000...

The Artist Who Introduced Monet to Plein Air

Eugene Boudin (1824-1898) is rightly considered one of the forerunners of French Impressionism, and his influence was quite direct. As Claude Monet's first teacher,...

Techniques of a Smokejumper

“One key aspect of my approach to plein air painting came out of my 13 summers as a smokejumper,” says Californian Davis Perkins, who...

Take a Closer Look at Another Award Winner

One of the landscape paintings that stands out among the semi-finalists selected by Michael Zakian in the September/October PleinAir Salon competition (www.pleinairsalon.com) is “After...

How Was That Prize Winner Painted?

Jim McVicker didn’t go to art school and hasn’t participated in a workshop, yet his still life painting that just won the First Place...
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History of Plein Air Painting

The History of Plein Air Painting Before the 19th century, landscape painting was used as the basis for allegorical and narrative themes. The landscape was...
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  1. PleinAir Podcast 213: CW Mundy and the Principles of Painting