Plein air oil paintings
Timothy Horn, “42 Red,” 2011, oil, 8 x 10 in., Private collection, Plein air

From the shiny chrome on a vintage automobile to the vibrant colors of a graffiti-covered train car or the linear wing structure of a small airplane, it’s no wonder that vehicles prove to be such appealing subjects for artists. But planes, trains, and automobiles are more than the sum of their parts. These harbingers of adventure represent freedom, ignite feelings of nostalgia, and tap into our romantic notions of travel and exploration.

Watercolor paintings
Mick McAndrews, “Night Train,” 2020, watercolor, 15 x 22 in., Available from artist, Studio
Plein air paintings
Roland Lee, “Long Term Parking,” 2019, watercolor, 10 x 14 in., Available from Roland Lee Art Gallery, Plein air

“During the 2019 Plein Air Utah event in Midway, Utah, we painted on location at a wonderful farm filled with antiques and farming relics,” says Roland Lee. “I was drawn to this old Ford left to rust by an old barn, thus the title Long Term Parking.”

Plein air paintings
Craig Reynolds, “Ol Big John,” 2017, oil, 16 x 16 in., Private collection, Studio from a plein air study
Watercolor paintings
Matthew Bird, “Punch Buggy Red,” 2017, mixed media, 29 x 29 in., Available from artist, Studio from plein air study
Plein air paintings
R. Gregory Summers, “On Track, Route 66,” 2018, oil, 16 x 12 in., Available from Folger Gallery, Midland, TX, Plein air
Watercolor paintings
Catherine Hillis, “NYC HUB Bub,” 2014, watercolor, 16 x 20 in., Private collection, Studio
Plein air oil paintings
Manon Sander, “Ride On,” 2020, oil, 12 x 9 in., Available from artist, Plein air

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