Who won the April-May contest in PleinAir magazine’s PleinAir Salon? Click to find out.
Painter T. Allen Lawson had the tough job of picking the winners in the April-May contest. His First Place winner was Daud Akhriev, for his oil painting “Andalusian Rooftops.”

“Blue Boat Reflected,” by Deborah Tilby, oil, 24 x 24 in. Second Place

“Cuban Almedron,” by Erica Norelius, oil, 24 x 24 in. Third Place

Deborah Tilby won Second Place with “Blue Boat Reflected,” and Erica Norelius won Third with “Cuban Almedron.”

“Mast,” by Daud Akhriev, oil, 24 x 12 in. Best Oil

“Gloom of Night II,” by Sabrina Stiles, pastel, 12 x 16 in. Best Pastel

Best Artist Under 30 went to Christopher Cook, thanks to his piece “Silent Messenger.”

“35 Ford,” by Richard Sneary, watercolor, 5 ½ x 6 12 in. Best Watercolor

“North Coast Headlands,” by Scott Anthony, acrylic, 18 x 24 in. Best Acrylic

“Cloud Study,” by Nina Ulett, oil, 24 x 18 in. Best Student

In the media awards, Best Acrylic was won by Scott Anthony for “North Coast Headlands,” Best Oil went to Daud Akhriev again for “Mast,” Best Pastel went to Sabrina Stiles for “Gloom of Night II,” and Richard Sneary won Best Watercolor for “35 Ford.”

“Silent Messenger,” by Christopher Cook, oil, 48 x 43 in. Best Artist Under 30

“Flower Market Guatemala,” by Ned Mueller, oil, 12 x 16 in. Best Artist Over 65

“Spring Is in the Air,” by Carlo Cosentino, oil, 8 x 10 in. Best Plein Air

The prestigious Plein Air award was won by Carlo Cosentino for his oil painting “Spring Is in the Air.”

“Showers on Waymouth,” Mike Barr, oil, 50 x 50 cm. Best Building

“Porcupine Hunting,” by Paul Oxborough, oil, 21 x 28 in. Best Figure in the Landscape

“Poppies and Agave,” by Carolyn Lord, watercolor, 11 x 15 in. Best Floral

A number of awards are given to artists based on subject matter. Best Building was won by Mike Barr’s “Showers on Waymouth,” Best Figure in the Landscape was won by Paul Oxborough’s “Porcupine Hunting,” Best Floral went to Carolyn Lord for “Poppies and Agave,” Best Landscape was won by Michael Kortaba for “Chile Wash,” Best Nocturne was won by Damien Gonzalez’s “Candil,” the Best Outdoor Still Life award was given to Martin Dimitrov’s “Grapefruits,” and the award for Best Water was won by Susan Jositas for her painting “Ready to Sail.”

“Chile Wash,” by Michael Kortaba, watercolor, 18 x 24 in. Best Landscape

“Candil,” by Damien Gonzales, oil, 12 x 8 in. Best Nocturne

PleinAir magazine unveiled several new categories in the PleinAir Salon this past contest. Best Sketchbook was won by Suzie Baker, Best Vehicle was won by Justin Hess, Best Student was won by Nina Ulett, and Best Artist Over 65 was won by Ned Mueller.

“Grapefruits,” by Martin Dimitrov,  oil, 24 x 28 in. Best Outdoor Still Life

“Ready to Sail,” by Susan Jositas, oil, 36 x 24 in. Best Water

The PleinAir Salon consists of six bi-monthly contests, with the First, Second, and Third Place winners of each contest, and the category winners, automatically entered into the annual competition. First prize in the annual competition is $15,000 cash and the publication of the winning image on the cover of PleinAir magazine, along with a feature story. Second Place earns an artist $3,000 and an article in the digital edition of PleinAir magazine. Third Place yields $1,500 in cash. Three additional finalists win $500. Aside from First, Second, and Third Place overall, categories include Best Oil, Best Pastel, Best Watercolor, Best Acrylic, Best Plein Air, Best Building, Best Figure in the Landscape, Best Floral, Best Landscape, Best Outdoor Still Life, Best Nocturne, Best Water, Best Vehicle, Best Sketchbook, Best Artist Over 65, Best Student, and Best Artist Under 30.

“From Cherai Beach India,” by Suzie Baker, watercolor, 9 x 12 in. Best Sketchbook

“Italia,” by Justin Hess, oil, 11 x 32 in triptych. Best Vehicle

The winner of each bi-monthly contest is featured in this e-newsletter and profiled on OutdoorPainter.com. In mid-April, the $21,000 in prizes will be awarded to the annual winners at the 2017 Plein Air Convention & Expo, in San Diego, California.


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