information and tips on outdoor, plein air painting

Plein Air Painting a Slice of Paradise in the Caribbean

After a long winter in my studio working with encaustic wax, it has felt great to plein air paint in the Caribbean this spring break. This year I wanted to travel lightly beacause I knew my painting time would be limited on this family vacation. So, I brought my smallest pochade box, and also packed my favorite solvent free paints by Cobra Water Mixable Oils, and a handy 9 x 12 pad of Arches Oil Paper. I have cut each sheet into quarters and [...]

March 25th, 2014|Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General, Plein Air|2 Comments

A Beginner’s Approach To Plein Air Painting

Plein air painting intrigues and intimidates the heck out of me.  I thoroughly enjoy the time out in nature painting en plein air, but I end up moaning with frustration as to painting what is in front of me. When it comes to painting outside I get so overloaded with “information” that I just freeze up and have no idea how to proceed.  But I’ve never been one to quit easily, so I’m inching my way into [...]

Tips For Marketing To Strangers While Painting en Plein Air

Artists who work en plein air must deal with natural and self-imposed burdens every time we go out to paint - including the possibility of marketing to strangers. We load our packs (paints, thinner, brushes, palette, canvas panel, towels, garbage bags, clamps, bungee cords, sunscreen, hat, collapsible umbrella, water and power bars) carry our easels, set up and stand for hours at a time. We are at the mercy of the weather, the land and the ever-changing [...]

The Highland Plein Air Artist Palette by New Wave

Much to my delight, I recently received a box filled with two beautiful artist palettes from my Twitter friends, Kyle and Keith O'Brien of New Wave Fine Art Products. Kyle asked me to test out their Highland plein air palette, plus their mid-size Grand View Confidant. Lately, I've noticed a lot of artists are favoring the handheld artist palette over the artist taboret. I witnessed this last month while painting in Maine with T. Allen Lawson, so I was [...]

My Week in Maine with Master Landscape Artist, T. Allen Lawson

For years, I have admired the poetic landscape paintings of T. Allen Lawson. So, when fellow artist Shanna Kunz asked me to join her at Tim's plein air painting workshop in Maine, I jumped at the chance!  Together with 12 other seasoned artists, we began our week at T. Allen Lawson's charming farmhouse and studio in Rockport, Maine. Tim and his wife have created a 50 acre haven for themselves and their 4 children. Surrounded by paddocks [...]

October 2nd, 2012|Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General, Plein Air|14 Comments

Staying Relevant: The Pop-Up Art Gallery

Nowadays, successful art galleries are thinking outside the box - or gallery. Such is the case with the successful Missoula, Montana based art gallery, Dana Gallery. Candace Crosby, Dudley Dana, Lori McNee Each summer, Dana Gallery strategically travels to affluent mountain towns and converts empty retail shops into pop-up art galleries. Awarded the distinction of Missoula's top art gallery, Dana Gallery was founded in 1996. Co-owners and husband and wife team, Candace Crosby and Dudley [...]

When Art and Gardening Meet

Art and gardening are two of my favorite things...add in photography, and I have the perfect day! Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to visit, and paint an amazing garden at my friend's private estate during the Kneeland Gallery Plein Air Event. I thought you might enjoy seeing my photos of this exceptional high altitude gardening. Jane, the estate owner/gardener also happens to be a talented artisan.  A weaver by trade, Jane has woven a beautiful [...]

Eco Friendly Art Brands and Materials

In the recent post, How to Become An Eco Friendly Artist, artist Scott Denholm shared his interesting environmentally friendly studio tips. Please enjoy Part 2 where Scott gets specific. Below he shares his suppliers, and more great ideas, and examples to help you create your own eco friendly studio. ***** Transforming your art and studio to become environmentally friendly isn't an easy task, and many artists struggle. I'm also one artist who's gone through the process. In order to help [...]

Expand Your Art Brand with Integrity

Right now, I am blogging from 30,000 feet in the air while flying home from Los Angeles. I have been traveling a lot lately and I finally have a moment to reflect...and blog. Brand building with integrity has been foremost on my mind, and a hot topic among my fellow artists. By using social media and other online sites like eBay, many artists are exploring the idea of broadening their brand, and collector base. Some highly recognizable and [...]

Working From Nature en Plein Air

As I was preparing for a recent plein air painting trip, this guest post submission caught my eye. Painter, Martin Banks reflects on his experiences of working from nature, and the challenges of painting en plein air. Working From Nature en Plein Air Working from nature is important for the artist in a number of ways. It beats working from photos hands down, although I have to say there is a role for the photograph too. What’s [...]