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Charlie Hunter laid the first marks on the canvas, giving everyone a monotone underpainting to work with.

Collaborating on a landscape painting has been taken to a new level. Earlier this year at the Plein Air Convention & Expo, five plein air artists took the stage to complete a single painting. Watch the time-lapse video here:

The participating plein air artists were Charlie Hunter, Paul Kratter, Larry Moore, Cynthia Rosen, and Shelby Keefe. As you likely noticed in the video of their landscape painting in action (or if you’re already familiar with their accomplished works), their styles range from monochrome to vibrant color, and from abstract to impressionist.

Each artist was given 10 minutes to paint the canvas, explaining what they were doing (or bantering with the audience and each other). Since it was filmed indoors, they worked from a video reference that included moving people and cars to evoke a sense of plein air. At the end of the landscape painting demonstration, the painting was auctioned for $600.

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Plein air artist #2 Paul Kratter
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Plein air artist #3 Larry Moore
Artist Cynthia Rosen
Plein air artist #4 Cynthia Rosen
Shelby Keefe, painting a landscape
Plein air artist #5 Shelby Keefe
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The final landscape painting of the Golden Gate Bridge

If you missed out on the live version of this in San Francisco, don’t wait to register for the next Plein Air Convention, which will be in Denver, Colorado, in May 2020, and reserve your space in the featured pre-convention workshops with plein air artists Scott Christensen and Thomas Schaller! We can’t wait to see you there!

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