Many painters love to paint winter scenes with their myriad whites and clear, cold air. But winter is also a time to regroup, to research, to reflect. The next issue of PleinAir magazine is chock full of information that can improve your art.

Dan Young is a plein air veteran who has a practice that many less experienced plein air painters have jettisoned: making many thumbnails. He discusses the crucial role thumbnails have in his art in this feature. “Every envelope or piece of scrap paper in our house has a sketch on it,” says Young.

“Willow Patterns,” by Dan Young, oil, 8 x 10 in.
“Willow Patterns,” by Dan Young, oil, 8 x 10 in.

Jeremy Sams is an acrylic painter with a compelling story. Read about this North Carolina artist’s approach in the next issue of PleinAir.

Two of the thumbnail sketches Dan Young drew in preparation for “Willow Patterns”
Two of the thumbnail sketches Dan Young drew in preparation for “Willow Patterns”

Sharon Weaver is rarely satisfied with her paintings, but she uses her critical eye to improve the next piece. Hear her story in the next issue of PleinAir, along with a look at Eberhard Froelich’s artwork.

The enthusiasm and deep-seated love for painting Mary Pettis holds is probably the reason her paintings are so compelling. Her philosophy on art is discussed in the next issue, along with a feature on Hadley Ann Rampton’s bold paintings.

“Thirsty,” by Jeremy Sams, acrylic
“Thirsty,” by Jeremy Sams, acrylic

Also scheduled for the February-March issue of PleinAir magazine are articles on Mike Hernandez, John Budicin, Crystal Moll, and Sheryl Knight. To subscribe, go here.

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