Plein Air

History of Plein Air Painting

The history of plein air painting is explained in the following beautiful documentary, “Outside The Lines.” Produced by the publishers of PleinAir Magazine, “Outside The Lines” was created to further the mission of the Plein Air Force which aims to bring plein air painting to the world! Plein air painting is...

Lori McNee demonstrating Oil Painters of America

When I’m traveling and on the go I need a painting easel that is sturdy, lightweight, functional, and dependable. That is why I love my STRADA Easel. I’ve tested most of the popular easels and pochade boxes that are on the market, but this year my trusty STRADA MINI...

Make Slideshow Videos For Instagram With PhotoGrid

Now it’s easy to make quick slideshow videos for Instagram with PhotoGrid. For a while, I’ve been using the PhotoGrid app on my cell phone to make my photo collections into amazing collages for Instagram. But now with the addition of the video maker, I can quickly make a...

california poppies

Traveling home after presenting and attending the 3rd Annual Plein Air Convention in Monterey, it’s hard to believe it’s already just a memory! I’m California dreaming of plein air painting… The event was a fun, energized week of networking with over 700 artists, vendors, art business professionals, and like-minded...

Lori Instructing at the Plein Air Convention

THE CONVENTION WAS A GREAT SUCCESS. SEE YOU NEXT YEAR! (This event has expired) Come paint with me! It is my pleasure to be attending, speaking and teaching at the Plein Air Convention & Expo in Monterey on April 7 – 11, 2014. Plein Air Magazine presents The 3rd...

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...

succulent-still-life-4

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...

plein air painting

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...

artist palette history

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...

Lighthouse sailboat Maine

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....

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. Each summer, Dana Gallery strategically travels to affluent mountain towns and converts empty retail shops into pop-up art galleries. Awarded the distinction of...

water lilies

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...

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