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TJ Cunningham, “From Nortontown,” 2018, oil on hardboard panel primed with Gamblin oil ground, 15 x 30 in., $3500

TJ Cunningham shares his inspiration for painting “From Nortontown,” which was a winner in the bi-monthly PleinAir Salon (August/September 2018), in the Best Building category.

PleinAir Salon Spotlight: From Nortontown

“I grew up diagonally across the road from this dairy farm, and there is no doubt that I looked at it tens of thousands of times before I ever learned how to paint,” says Cunningham. “Fortunately, after becoming a professional artist, I was able to spend a few years living next door to my childhood home and again, this farm was just a short walk across a field. During those three years, I painted dozens of plein air sketches, and my painting, “From Nortontown,” (above) was based on those works.

“I have modeled my process after the artist Carl Rungius who, like many landscape painters, created small works en plein air and then used them as reference for large, fully realized paintings in the studio. I had the opportunity to paint with T. Allen Lawson back in 2009, when I was still a student. He told me then that I should always be careful to capture the colors that the camera cannot. I take that advice with me every time I paint outdoors.”

Additional Landscape Paintings by TJ Cunningham, winner in the bi-monthly PleinAir Salon:

Additional Landscape Paintings by TJ Cunningham, winner in the bi-monthly PleinAir Salon:
TJ Cunningham, “The Snowy Owl’s Haunt,” 2019, oil on panel, 27 x 44 in., $7500
Additional Landscape Paintings by TJ Cunningham, winner in the bi-monthly PleinAir Salon:
TJ Cunningham, “Old and New,” 2014, oil on Claessens #15 linen mounted to a birch panel with miracle muck, 18 x 22 in.
Additional Landscape Paintings by TJ Cunningham, winner in the bi-monthly PleinAir Salon:
TJ Cunningham, “8000 Days,” 2018, oil on Gamlin ground panel, 12 x 12 in.
Painting landscapes - TJ Cunningham
TJ Cunningham, “Spring,” 2018, oil on hardboard, 12 x 24 in.
Painting landscapes - TJ Cunningham
TJ Cunningham, “Near the Beaver Pond,” 2018, oil on gesso panel, 12 x 18 in.
Painting landscapes - TJ Cunningham
TJ Cunningham, “Snake Mountain Moon,” 2015, oil on Ampersand gesso panel, 16 x 24 in., $2800
Painting landscapes - TJ Cunningham
TJ Cunningham, “Bartlett Falls,” 2017, oil on hardboard panel primed with Gamblin oil ground, 36 x 36 in., $8000

Connect with TJ Cunningham at https://cunninghamfineart.com/.

The grand prize winner of the PleinAir Salon gets the cash, and their art is featured ON THE COVER of PleinAir magazine — just imagine what could happen to your art career if YOUR artwork was on the cover of a major art magazine. You can enter more than one painting, and you can enter in multiple categories — whichever you prefer. The more times you’re in the pool, the higher your chances of being selected as an annual winner.

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