Valuable Lessons Learned at the Plein Air Convention

Each spring, some of the best landscape artists in the world along with novice painters and top art vendors, congregate at the Plein Air Convention and Expo. Pictured: Kim Lordier, Richard Lindenberg, Lori McNee, Anne Nelson Sweat, Lori Putnam, Eric Rhoads, Lori Wallis Feldpausch This amazing convention is the world's largest plein air event founded by Eric Rhoads, publisher of Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine and the helpful blog, OutdoorPainter.com. Eric and his talented team make [...]

How To Create Mood in Landscape Painting

Like playing high or low notes on a piano, artists can 'key' their colors to create drama and mood in landscape painting. We do this by understanding and using value. For instance, high key colors in paintings use tints, or light values. Low key colors are shades, or dark values. Middle key colors are medium value or pure colors. In this fabulous guest post, landscape painter Shanna Kunz uses a limited scale of high values to demonstrate. Shanna [...]

New Oil and Encaustic Paintings on Display by Lori McNee

For many months, I have been busy creating a series of new oil still life and landscape paintings, as well as encaustic paintings for my various summer gallery exhibitions and events. I thought my readers might like to see my newest works... Trumpet Vase & Orchid 24x36 ©2015 LMcNee Come out and see me tomorrow night at Kneeland Gallery for my two-person show with Russian Impressionist Master, Ovanes Berberian. Enjoy this thought-provoking exhibition of newly installed art, [...]

Easy Steps to Capturing Light in Acrylic Painting

Acrylic painting is a popular choice for artists of all levels because it is fast drying, water-soluble, and easy to clean up. However, some artists find landscape painting with acrylic paints a bit of a challenge. For artist John D. Cogan, acrylic painting helps him capture the landscapes and wildlife of the American West. Balanced with the knowledge of a scientist and the eye of a plein air painter, John focuses on color and the effects of light [...]

6 Ways to Create Depth in Your Landscape Painting

Have you ever felt as though you could walk right into a beautiful landscape painting? Like a magician, the artist has transposed the third dimension onto a flat canvas, and you the viewer are lured into a world made of paint. Creating a believable landscape painting with depth really isn't some magic trick, it's technique. For more than a century, skilled artists have used some of the following techniques to carefully orchestrate a convincing landscape painting. Learn [...]

7 Steps to Create a Huge Landscape Painting

In this demo, American Impressionist Romona Youngquist shares her 7 steps to create a huge landscape  painting. Romana is one of today’s premier landscape painters. Petite in stature, she is known for her oversized, atmospheric landscape paintings. But don’t let her size fool you, Romona believes the canvas is a ‘war zone’. She attacks the painting with her weapons of choice including sandpaper, brush ends, palette knives and rags. The canvas endures many layers of scraping, wiping [...]

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

My Week with Master Landscape Artist, Michael Workman

Michael Workman's workshop class Recently, I had the rare opportunity to attend an advanced painting workshop at the Sedona Arts Center in Arizona with master landscape painter, Michael Workman. I was very excited about this experience because I have admired this elusive artist's work for many years, plus Michael is an 'artist's-artist', and one of the greatest landscape painters of our time. I was interested in learning how Michael 'deconstructs' his paintings and balances between a realistic approach [...]