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Art collection - Painting by William Lawson

Plein Air Collectors: An Appreciation for History, Architecture, and Art

"I feel so humbled and honored to be a part of this incredible artist’s history.”

Artist Spotlight: Anne Blair Brown

What inspires you? Anne Blair Brown: I find inspiration everywhere. I do not necessarily paint “things”, but rather I focus on light, atmosphere, and color....
Women artists > Brenda Boylan draws an audience in Cuba

Ditch the Guilt, and Other Ways to Be a Successful Artist

What does it mean to be a woman in plein air? Brenda Boylan shares her experiences in this article excerpt from PleinAir Magazine.
Artist Manon Sander with her oil painting at the Sedona Plein Air Festival

Artist Spotlight: Manon Sander

What is the best thing about being an artist? Manon Sander: Of course, there are the obvious perks, like having an outdoor office or occasionally...
Art appreciation - "Midway Farm" by John Hughes

Beginning Artists: Start with Art Appreciation

Opinion Piece: The first step in art education must begin not with drawing circles and squares, but with art appreciation.
Women artists - Brienne Brown captures a scene in watercolor.

Women Artists: From Competition to Compensation, and Everything in Between

What does it mean to be a woman in plein air? Brienne Brown shares her experiences in this article excerpt from Plein Air Magazine (April/May 2020)
Dealing with art criticism - Ellen Howard, “Going to the Light,” 8 x 16 in.

How to Deal with Criticism as an Artist

“As artists, it is our responsibility to show up and do the work, creating our best work with minimal concern on how others view our work.”
Plein air painting in Venice

15 of the Most Influential Landscape Artists on Instagram

We can't get enough of these amazing artists on Instagram! Check out this hot list for new inspiration.
Artist Michele Byrne painting outdoors in Santa Fe

Artist Spotlight: Michele Byrne

For Michele Byrne, her definition of success has changed over the years. “Today I’m seeking inner satisfaction. If a piece makes my heart sing, I know I’m one step closer to reaching my goals.”
Oil painting of riders on horseback near red rock formations

Artist Spotlight: Mark Fehlman

Mark Fehlman was an architect with a successful 30-year practice. After three years of art lessons, he decided to give it up to create a second career as an artist. It was a wonderful decision that has completely changed his life.
Pastel painting of country road over rolling hills

Artist Spotlight: Kim Casebeer

Kim shares some sage advice from a gallery owner about the success that comes from painting your passion first as opposed to painting for money.
Shawn Dell Joyce, artist

PleinAir Podcast 211: Shawn Dell Joyce on Artists Making a Difference

In this episode of the Plein Air Podcast, Eric interviews Shawn Dell Joyce on how artists can help preserve farms and rural areas; how to encourage others to paint outdoors; tips for painting Fall colors; and more!
Painter Laurel Daniel in her studio.

Artist Spotlight: Laurel Daniel

While this artist feels that developing a career in art is a very personal and individual journey, she generously offers some recommendations to emerging artists.
Charles Muench, featured in the PleinAir Podcast

PleinAir Podcast 209: Charles Muench on Artistic Discipline and More

In this episode of the Plein Air Podcast, Eric interviews Charles Muench, who says, "it's live and die with every canvas, live and die with every brush stroke."
Ben Bauer, featured in the PleinAir Podcast with Eric Rhoads

PleinAir Podcast 207: Ben Bauer’s Leap to Becoming a Full-Time Artist

In this episode Eric interviews contemporary American landscape painter Ben Bauer, who recently left his job to become a full-time artist. They discuss this, as well as key essentials to know about art materials; how painting in plein air changed his work; tips on composition; and more.
Tom Lynch on the Plein Air Podcast

PleinAir Podcast 206: Watercolor Artist Tom Lynch on Building an Art Career and More

In this episode of the Plein Air Podcast, Eric interviews watercolor artist Tom Lynch; listen and learn how to build a career and make a successful living from someone who has done both.
Self-portrait of John Coleman, featured in the PleinAir Podcast with Eric Rhoads

PleinAir Podcast 205: John Coleman on Artist Success and More

In this episode of the Plein Air Podcast, Eric interviews Western artist John Coleman, who shares what, to him (and to many successful artists), is the scariest thing in the world - it's not what you think.
How to paint landscapes - Joseph McGurl - OutdoorPainter.com

7 Oil Painting Ideas for Artists

We've put together some of our most popular articles with oil painting ideas and techniques for all levels of artists. Bookmark this page so you can come back often, and share it with a friend who could benefit from this!
Plein air painter Gene Costanza

PleinAir Podcast 197: Gene Costanza, From Officer to Artist

In this episode of the PleinAir Podcast, Eric interviews former police sergeant Gene Costanza, who shares the serendipitous experiences - and hard work - that helped him become the artist he is today. 
PleinAir Podcast Francesco Fontana artist

PleinAir Podcast 193: Italian Artist Francesco Fontana on Watercolor and More

In this Plein Air Podcast with Eric Rhoads, listen to Fontana tell us about what it was like to continue living as an artist in Italy during the initial Covid outbreak; his approach to painting watercolor and his advice for painting cities and for finding the right colors to use; and more.
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