Pastel Painting Demo: How to Create Crashing Waves
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by PleinAir Today
3d ago
Join art publisher Eric Rhoads on Art School Live as he gives you free art instruction in pastel painting with artist Lyn Diefenbach: . Lyn is on the faculty of our next online art conference, Pastel Live, taking place September 18-20, 2024 with an Essential Techniques Day on September 17. About Lyn Diefenbach: A professional artist for more than 30 years, Lyn has had many sell-out solo shows and has been featured in a host of international and national exhibitions. Her reputation on the international stage saw her invited to demonstrate at the 100 Years of Pastelling in China celebrations ..read more
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Are You Loving Nature to Death?
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by Bob Bahr
5d ago
Minimize the impact of painting on location by following a few simple guidelines. Plein air painters characteristically confess a deep love for the land. Even if they don’t say it, their paintings show it. And who hasn’t painted with a plein air artist who was meticulous about removing any sign of their painting session while packing up at the end? The care is evident. In general, plein air painters embrace the “leave no trace” aesthetic of enjoying the great outdoors. Everything brought with the visitor leaves with the visitor at the end, so it’s as if no one was there. That’s all good and a ..read more
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One Day in Bayou Country
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by Contributing Author
1w ago
Reflections on a plein air painting trip with no rules or deadlines – just inspiration and made-to-order sky holes. By Tim Breaux I awakened to a recent memory of old-style cajun waltz music and crabmeat au gratin at Prejean’s in Carencro, Louisiana. The previous night the fiddle player, who wore a red beret and a red checkered shirt, walked around the restaurant and played to the diners. On stage, the lead singer played the accordion and a guitar player kept the rhythm. Gil Adams, my friend and frequent painting partner, sat across the table from me as we talked between songs about old times ..read more
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Art Workshops and the Benefits of Going All In
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by Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief, PleinAir Magazine
2w ago
Art workshops are an important opportunity to continue your growth as a painter. Hours or days away from everyday responsibilities and routines gives you the chance to spend concentrated creative time with like-minded peers and to focus your attention fully on your artwork. With no laundry to be done, no meals to prepare, no bills to be paid, it’s a time for you to nourish and replenish your creative spirit. Whether you’re looking to grow your skills or explore new avenues in your work, art workshops and classes are an investment in your fine art future. Here’s how to get the most from the ex ..read more
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Artist Spotlight: Charlie Hunter
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by Sponsored Content
2w ago
How Do You Describe Success? Charlie Hunter: One of my favorite songwriters is Fred Eaglesmith. When he was a kid, he says all he wanted was someone – anyone – to listen to his songs. “Today,” he says, “I’m not famous, but I can go pretty much anywhere and, on any given night, there are going to be 100 people who will pay $25 to listen to me sing my songs. Isn’t that enough?” Today, I can pretty much paint anything that resonates with me, and somebody’s going to see it and want it. People subscribe to my REASONABLY FINE ART TALK channel on YouTube, and buy my videos. I count myself incredibly ..read more
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Nature’s Studio: 9 Paintings For Your Inspiration
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by Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief, PleinAir Magazine
3w ago
Perhaps no one knows better the beauty awaiting us just outside our doors than the plein air painter. Here we share the work of nine artists who found inspiration close to home in a variety of gardens, yards, and green spaces. 1. Krentz Johnson, “Gardener’s Delight,” 2021, casein, 11 x 14 in., Available from artist, Plein air2. Stuart Roper, “Autumn in Clark Gardens,” 2018, oil, 11 x 14 in., Available from artist, Plein air3. Val Sandell, “Olive Street,” 2018, oil, 10 x 12 in., Available from artist, Plein air4. Patricia Schappler, “Eden,” 2024, oil, 36 x 48 in., Available from 33 Contemporar ..read more
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Plein Air Podcast 257: Joe Paquet on Artistic Choices and More
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by PleinAir Today
3w ago
In this episode, Eric Rhoads interviews plein air painter Joe Paquet, who is leading a special session titled  “A Beautiful Beginning: The Art of the Start” this year at the Plein Air Convention & Expo. Watch & listen as they discuss: – Finding one’s artistic voice through organic or adopted methods – Artistic influence, style, and authenticity – Art foundations, principles, and passion – Art principles, skill-building, and creativity – Artistic choices and techniques in painting, including color transition and subjective voice – Historic masters George Bellows and Winslow Homer ..read more
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Good Eye: Plein Air Painter Seen at Citi Field
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by PleinAir Today
3w ago
A Plein Air Today Reader Spotlight on Theresa Kasun “I grew up going to Omaha Stormchaser triple-A games with my dad. All four of my brothers played Little League and when I became a mom my boys played baseball on our local Little League teams. One of my sons went on to play for 11 years and during the last 3 seasons, I brought my French easel and painted at his games. I couldn’t just sit there for several hours and not capture the beautiful colors surrounding the fields and the symmetry of boys all dressed alike standing in a row. “I lived in the borough of Queens for 15 years, and as a die ..read more
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T. Allen Lawson’s Top Salon Choices
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by PleinAir Today
1M ago
Award-winning artist T. Allen Lawson has revealed his selections for the winners in the March 2024 PleinAir Salon. First place will receive a cash prize, plus all winners will be entered into the judging for the annual cash prizes, including the $15,000 grand prize for the best painting of the year, and they’ll see their painting on the cover of PleinAir® Magazine. Could you be the next winner? “For painters and artists thinking of entering a competition or a public exhibition, my advice would be to paint what interests you,” Lawson advises. “Pay no attention to what you may think the judges ..read more
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How Hip Hop Inspires My Plein Air Painting
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by Bob Bahr
1M ago
San Francisco-based artist Tom Colcord approaches his plein air painting with a unique mindset. When asked what he means by “the flow,” he references hip hop, a style of music that values how a rapper moves through and on a melody flowing over the propulsive beats of a song. Often the words of a rap song are less important than the syncopation of the vocal performance; it’s the delivery, not so much the lyrical content. “I want a flow of a space that keeps you engaged,” Tom says. “With a good flow, you don’t think about the subject matter. When rap has good flow, it’s a rollercoaster ride on ..read more
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