Jacalyn Beam, “Stand Tall,” 2018, oil, 12 x 16 in. Collection the artist, Plein air

From weather-worn outbuildings and rusty farm equipment to patchwork fields and white picket fence lines, the pastoral landscape offers much to inspire. Join these seven artists as they take you on a tour of the countryside through their rural landscapes.

John Caggiano, “John Deere,” 2017, oil, 16 x 20 in. Private collection, Plein air

“I found this working wagon on a ranch during En Plein Air Texas,” says John Caggiano. “I loved the various saws, tools, and other mechanical attachments that I couldn’t quite identify. I was told that it was an early 19th-century John Deere. I had no idea the company had been around that long, which made painting it of greater interest for me.”

Karen Ann Hitt, “Superiors Towers,” 2015, oil, 8 x 12 in. Private collection, Plein air
Poppy Balser, “Hay Rows in the Sun,” 2017, watercolor, 11 x 15 in. Collection the artist, Plein air

“We all work together to get the hay cut and into the barn during haying season,” says Poppy Balser. “It’s sometimes hard to find time to paint when there are so many tasks to perform. Happily, the hay is still damp with dew early in the morning, making it a bad time for baling, but the best time for painting. I made this piece early one morning, and by sunset that night all the hay in the painting was baled up and in the barn.”

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Lon Brauer, “Pig,” 2018, oil, 14 x 19 in. Collection the artist, Plein air
Ned Mueller, “Connemara, Ireland,” 2017, oil, 9 x 12 in. Collection the artist, Plein air
Carol Johansen, “High Velocity,” 2018, oil, 18 x 24 in. Private collection, Plein air and studio

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