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.
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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.