Eric Rhoads, left, and Steve Doherty, right, presented Shelby Keefe with a check for $15,000 as she won 1st Place in the 2nd Annual PleinAir Salon Competition.

Publisher Eric Rhoads and Editor Steve Doherty presented $15,000 to the Grand Prize Winner of the 2nd Annual PleinAir Salon Competition last Thursday for the painting “Alterations.”

The Grand Prize winner: “Alterations,” by Shelby Keefe, 2012, oil, 20 x 16 in. Private collection

Wisconsin artist Shelby Keefe, the Grand Prize winner, was featured in the October-November 2012 issue of PleinAir magazine, where she discussed how she tones her canvas in acrylic using bright, complementary colors before painting in oil in the field. “When I worked as a graphic designer, I often did the same thing to create a more interesting background for an illustration or a display,” she told the magazine. “When I left the graphic design field to become a full-time fine art painter in 2005, I continued my practice of ‘getting rid of the white surface’ before I started painting.”

See a demonstration of her painting technique here.

2nd Place winner: “Big Sur,” by Jesse Powell, oil, 16 x 24 in.

Second place in the 2nd Annual PleinAir Salon Competition and a check for $3,000 went to California artist Jesse Powell for “Big Sur.”

3rd Place winner: “Sunflowers and Gladiolus,” by Jim McVicker, oil, 36 x 30 in.

Third place and a check for $1,500 went to Californian Jim McVicker for “Sunflowers and Gladiolus.”

Honorable Mention: “Chasing Light,” by Kim Casebeer, oil, 36 x 36 in.

Honorable Mention: “Hills Above Nicasio, by Davis Perkins, oil, 30 x 30 in.

Honorable Mention: “Curve of the Earth,” by Robin Purcell, watercolor, 21 x 16 in.

Honorable Mention awards worth $500 were presented to Kim Casebeer, Davis Perkins, and Robin Purcell.

Artists may submit pieces for the 3rd Annual PleinAir Salon Competition, beginning now, through the competition’s website.


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