PleinAir magazine editor M. Stephen Doherty generally reports on the painting processes, motivations, and philosophical outlooks of plein air painters in his writing, but occasionally he writes an analysis piece based on his immense experience. His recent blog post about plein air events is generating considerable attention.

Lead Image: Steve Doherty

In a post titled “The End Game of Plein Air Festivals,” Doherty explores just when a plein air event benefits an artist, and the cases in which involvement results in diminishing returns. He suggests that for many artists, events can prove highly beneficial, particularly at certain stages of their career. But given finite finances and time, an artist must be smart about choosing when and where to participate. Doherty says his recent participation in top-level events has given him a slightly different perspective.

Read about it here, and subscribe to PleinAir magazine to catch all of his work.

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Editor PleinAir Today, Andrew Webster
Andrew Webster is the Editor of Plein Air Today and works as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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