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Artist Josh Elliott, featured in the PleinAir Podcast with Eric Rhoads, Episode 128 (photo courtesy of Mark Sublette)

Eric Rhoads interviews Montana artist Josh Elliott in this week’s PleinAir Podcast. Josh shares why he doesn’t teach art workshops, how he times his paintings when painting outdoors, and much more.

Listen as Josh Elliott shares the following:
• Why someone can become a great artist if they don’t start painting while they’re young (“Expression is the most important thing,” he says. “Technique will catch up.”)
• How lucky we are, as artists, to have something to say about the overwhelming beauty of landscapes, and how he captures his response to a stirring scene
• His advice for artists who want to try to fit all of their favorite aspects of a scene into a single painting

Bonus: This week’s PleinAir Podcast includes a Marketing Minute!
• How to turn “likes” into sales
• What successful watercolorists do to sell more paintings

Listen to the PleinAir Podcast with Eric Rhoads and Josh Elliott here:

Josh Elliott, “Spiral of Time,” 2018, oil, 32 x 40 in.

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  1. Eric your podcasts always have something significant in them that I can relate to or learn something from. I love that josh Elliot doesn’t have a formula and considers himself not as good a teacher as his wife. He also impresses me when he talks about thinking of his work as not done as well as he would like and revisits them years later and sees something in them that he can feel good about. That to me is a real artist. Someone that can analyze their work and be humble about it. Someone that continues to strive to be better with each piece. Anyway I totally enjoyed it. Thank your for sharing these talks.

  2. I congratulate Josh for admitting that like most people, he isn’t a natural teacher. I wish more artists would do that. When I retired 12 years ago I decided to take one or two workshops a year to improve my painting. All of them were with were accomplished, successful artists. Most of them were winging it with no clue how to teach. Being able to do it and being able to teach it are two different things. If I want to see the back of someone’s head while they paint a nice picture I can get that on YouTube. I would love to see a frank article on the phenomenon of painting workshops with an equally frank assessment of their value. If my experience means anything, most of them are thin on substance at best and a huge waste of time and money at worst.

  3. Martin Olson, thank you for your post. I totally agree. What you say applies to many workshops, not only in the art world. Computer or self improvement classes, as other examples. Corporate bucks flying out the window.
    I spent too much time and money on ‘social gatherings/paint togethers’ and did not learn much of anything. I am not anti-social, but I love to learn and literally despise coming away with, not only nothing new, but questionable information. Time, even more so than money, is a priceless commodity!
    The interview here was wonderful!


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