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Drawing advice for painters - OutdoorPainter.com

10 Drawing Principles That’ll Improve Your Paintings

Improve your drawing skills to achieve accurate placement and proportions in your paintings. The good news is that you don’t have to stop painting in order to improve your drawing; it’s not an either–or situation. Read on to shine a light on this challenge!
"Passing Fancy" by Nancie King Mertz

A Plein Air Painting Step-by-Step: Passing Fancy

Pastel artist Nancie King Mertz shares how she created a recent landscape with a unique composition in this step-by-step demonstration.
Holiday gifts for artists

Just for Fun! 2019 Gifts for Artists

If you celebrate the holidays by sharing and receiving gifts, you’ll appreciate this list of gifts for artists — from practical to just plain fun, the gifts range in price from $20 on up.
How to paint landscapes - OutdoorPainter.com

Creating Powerful Compositions, and More, with Mark Fehlman

Enjoy an exclusive Q&A with plein air painter Mark Fehlman on his composition checklist, the most important tool artists have, and more.
How to paint landscapes - OutdoorPainter.com

A Great Painting Always Comes Down to This

Quite frankly, these elements are the glue that holds every good painting together and, conversely, is the reason some paintings fall apart!
Painting in Yosemite - OutdoorPainter.com

Plein Air Painting in Yosemite: Joys and Challenges

Artists from the California Art Club share their experiences from — and advice for — painting in Yosemite.
Sugarloaf Cove PaintOut

2019 Plein Air Grand Marais Winners

See who took home awards (and survived a Nor’easter) in the 16th annual Plein Air Grand Marais competition.
Artist Michele Byrne during a palette knife painting demonstration

Congratulations to Michele Byrne!

Earlier this year, landscape painter Michele Byrne earned a special award from Streamline Publishing — find out what in this announcement.

12 Ways Artists Can Reduce Frustration While Painting

The art of painting is a head game. It requires a distraction-free environment that allows you to get into the painting zone and lets things go smoothly.
Plein Air Hudson 2019

Plein Air Hudson Winners Announced

These artists also got some help from local well-known goats, called “the Munch Bunch” to open up a great vista.
Painting landscapes for beginners - OutdoorPainter.com

Step-by-Step Painting Demo: Patterns and Backlight

In this step-by-step demonstration you’ll see how Lori Putnam’s foundation, the first part of the block-in, is about pattern.
Painting in Yosemite Valley - OutdoorPainter.com

Chasing California’s Light: A Painting Adventure

A record of the great and terrible adventures of artists and friends, namely Tyler J. Murphy and Daniel J. Keys, on a painting journey through the Golden State.
Small paintings - Daniel Keys - OutdoorPainter.com

What You Can Learn With Small Plein Air Paintings

Why Daniel Keys creates small paintings on location and the important lessons he learns from the experience.
Landscape painting advice - OutdoorPainter.com

The Design Strategy Game and the OODA Loop

When painting, there is a necessity to be ready to re-synthesize new information as it presents itself in a rapidly changing design. With every brushstroke comes a decision about how it affects the overall work. John Hughes explains more in this guest blog post.
Plein air painting of abstract landscape and cloudy sunset sky by Canadian Artist Painter Melissa McKinnon

5 Tips To Add More Color and Creativity To Your Landscape Painting

Canadian artist Melissa McKinnon, known for her landscapes with bold colors and thick textures, shares how to push out of your comfort zone on your next plein air painting session.
On artistic expression - OutdoorPainter.com

Visionary Work: 7 Ways to Develop Creativity

Good news: You don't have to sacrifice your personal expression for the sake of learning the principles of art. Here's how to maintain your unique artistic voice.
Painting landscapes - Ben Bauer

The Most Crucial Part of the Painting Process

Ben Bauer shares his perspective on what is the most crucial part of a painting, which may also be most difficult and fun.
Landscape painting by Anne Dinkelspeil

6 Ways to Silence Your Inner (Art) Critic

Don’t let your inner critic sabotage you — instead, learn how to cultivate it into self-compassion. See how in this guest blog post from an artist / psychologist.
7 Tips for Painting the City - OutdoorPainter.com

7 Tips for Painting the City

Just as you wouldn’t explore a new city without a map, don’t start your next cityscape without a plan for where you want to go and how you intend to get there.
Plein air paintings - OutdoorPainter.com

The Life-Like Plein Air Paintings of Jeremy Sams

Is there a “special secret” to creating great paintings? Maybe — see how Jeremy Sams came to plein air, what his advice is for others, and more, in this exclusive Q&A.
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