information and tips on outdoor, plein air painting

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 [...]

Playing & Painting in the Caribbean

Traveling, painting and photography are among my biggest passions, and I love it when I have the opportunity to do them all at the same time! Having just returned home from our annual family vacation in the US Virgin Islands in the beautiful Caribbean, I thought I'd share a few pictures and facts I have learned from my time there. Normally, there are only two seasons in the Caribbean - dry and rainy seasons. The dry season [...]

Just Another Wet Day in Paradise

Hello from paradise! Last Friday, my family and I flew down for our annual trip to the US Virgin Islands where we like to thaw out from the slushy, snowy mountains. However, the sun has been playing tricks on us, and it has been raining the majority of the time since we have arrived! We even witnessed a big waterspout (a tornado that starts in the water) that came on shore, lifted beach umbrellas 40 feet into [...]

2012-04-10T11:12:42+00:00 March 23rd, 2012|Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General, Plein Air|2 Comments

Waiting for the Muse: 4 Tips for Procrastinating Artists

Descartes, the father of Modern Philosophy once so famously said, "I think, therefore I am." However, if you are an artist, then you probably can more easily empathize with the phrase, "I create, therefore I procrastinate." Although other occupations and hobbies are susceptible also to the procrastination blues, there's something about creative work that lends itself easily to, for a lack of a better way of putting it, goofing around. As a self-proclaimed artist (what is a wordsmith if not [...]

Cruising and Plein Air Painting Alaska!

 Traveling, the outdoors and plein air painting are a few of my favorite passions in life. Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit Alaska aboard a very large cruise ship. My plein air painting time was very limited, nevertheless I didn't want to miss the chance to record beautiful Alaska in paint as you can see in the video below. As a novice photographer, I also enjoyed photographing the many amazing Alaskan wonders [...]

20th Anniversary of Plein Air Painting in Sun Valley, Idaho

Each year, I have the wonderful opportunity to plein air paint with a talented group of artists as well all congregate in the beautiful mountains of Sun Valley, Idaho for Kneeland Gallery's annual paint out. This week we have been painting out in the mountains and celebrating the art gallery's 20th anniversary. Art spectators have been watching up create paintings in the field which culminates with the artists' reception tonight. If any of you happend to be in the [...]

2012-04-10T12:19:46+00:00 August 5th, 2011|Fine Art Tips, General, Misc. Articles, Plein Air|2 Comments