A great mix of noted artists and up-and-coming painters fill the roster of winners for the October-November contest of the PleinAir Salon. Now 15 more people are eligible to win the $15,000 Grand Prize in April. Check the list here. 


“Morning Guards,” by Wyatt LeGrand, oil, 12 x 12 in. Best Artist Under 30

Marc Dalessio won First Place for his oil painting “Greguric Breg,” and he also earned Best Plein Air for the oil painting “Road in the Snow.” Brian Blood took Second Place for “Moonlight on Signal Hill.” Third Place was won by Holly Banks for “Michael.”


“Greguric Breg,” by Marc Dalessio, oil, 39 x 31 in. First Place

“Moonlight on Signal Hill,” by Brian Blood, oil, 20 x 24 in. Second Place

“Michael,” by Holly Banks, oil, 16 x 12 in. Third Place

The PleinAir Salon also chooses winners based on medium and on subject matter. Best Oil was won by Camille Przewodek for “Country Stroll.” Best Watercolor went to Brienne M. Brown for “Back of Chick’s Café,” while Ray Hassard earned Best Pastel for “In the Train Repair Yard–the Alley.” And Best Acrylic went to Linda Wilder for “Athabasca Shimmers.”


“In the Train Repair Yard–The Alley,” by Ray Hassard, pastel, 12 x 16 in. Best Pastel

“Back of Chick’s Café,” by Brienne M. Brown, watercolor, 10 x 8 in. Best Watercolor

“Athabasca Shimmers,” by Linda Wilder, acrylic, 36 x 24 in. Best Acrylic

Jim McVicker won Best Figure in the Landscape with “Plein Air Self Portrait.” Jennifer McChristian won Best Building with “Versailles Launderette.” Jason Sacran snagged Best Landscape for “Highway 1 Revisited,” and Best Nocturne went to Michael Dumas for “Heart of Winter.”


“Plein Air Self Portrait,” by Jim McVicker, oil, 18 x 14 in. Best Figure in the Landscape

“Highway 1 Revisited,” by Jason Sacran, oil, 18 x 24 in. Best Landscape

“Versailles Launderette,” by Jennifer McChristian, oil, 8 x 8 in. Best Building

“Heart of Winter,” by Michael Dumas, oil, 14 x 7 3/4 in. Best Nocturne

Best Water was won by Gayle Levée for “Sweet Water,” while Best Outdoor Still Life went to Gilles Beloeil for “Statue parmi les fleurs.” Best Floral was won by Jerry Markham for “White on White.”


“Sweet Water,” by Gayle Levée, oil, 9 x 12 in. Best Water

“White on White,” by Jerry Markham, oil, 20 x 18 in. Best Floral

“Statue parmi les fleurs,” by Gilles Beloeil, oil, 14 x 12 in. Best Outdoor Still Life

“Road in the Snow,” by Marc Dalessio, oil, 11 x 14 in. Best Plein Air

Wyatt LeGrand earned Best Artist Under 30 honors for his oil painting “Morning Guards.”

In April the $21,000 in prizes will be awarded to the annual winners at the 2015 Plein Air Convention & Expo. The PleinAir Salon consists of six bi-monthly contests, with the First, Second, and Third Place winners of each contest, and the category winners, automatically entered into the annual competition. First prize in the annual competition is $15,000 cash and the publication of the winning image on the cover of PleinAir magazine, along with a feature story. Second Place earns an artist $3,000 and an article in the digital edition of PleinAir magazine. Third Place yields $1,500 in cash. Three additional finalists win $500. Aside from First, Second and Third Place overall, categories include Best Oil, Best Pastel, Best Watercolor, Best Acrylic, Best Plein Air, Best Building, Best Figure in the Landscape, Best Floral, Best Landscape, Best Outdoor Still Life, Best Nocturne, Best Water, and Best Artist Under 30.

The winner of each bi-monthly contest is featured in this e-newsletter and profiled on OutdoorPainter.com. Ken Auster will jury the current contest, which has a deadline of January 31. Enter now at the Salon’s website.


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