California Dreaming of Plein Air Painting

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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 people from all over the world. On stage and in the field, 70 of today's finest artists demonstrated and taught their inside … [Read more...]

Teaching and Speaking at the Plein Air Convention in Monterey

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 Annual Plein Air Convention and Expo which will be held in Monterey-Carmel on the California coast. I am honored to be featured in this event along with 70 of today's finest … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Handy Artist Palettes by New Wave

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My friends at New Wave Fine Art Products, makers of handcrafted artist palettes, have sent me new products to review. Two different shapes of the Grey Pad disposable palettes, and the handy Easy Lift peelable palette. Last year, I tested out the New Wave Highland plein air, and Grand View Confidant studio palettes. I am still so impressed with these beautiful, functional palettes and I use them all the time. You can read my review here > … [Read more...]

Color Mixing: Don’t Always Stick to the Rules

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On color mixing, there are two rules I don't agree with. Don't mix more than three colors together at a time. Don't use black in your painting. Mixing "Mud"/Grays: Muddy colors. We all hear about them, but what are they really? Do they look muddy because they're gray. Or, are they just misused colors? Some artists say if you mix more than three colors you will get mud. I've heard this many times and I disagree. At the … [Read more...]

Travel Tips For Europe

travel tips for Europe

Most artists dream of traveling and painting in Europe. But, planning a big trip to Europe can be a bit overwhelming. Here is a great infographic that highlights a few favorite European cities with some great ideas on where to stay, what to see and more! Happy travels! You might like to read, "How to Pack For Painting - Tips for the Painter Traveling by Airplane or by Car" guide to luxury vacation home rentals … [Read more...]

A Beginner’s Approach To Plein Air Painting

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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 plein air painting very, very gently.  I hope … [Read more...]

Tips For Marketing To Strangers While Painting en Plein Air

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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 … [Read more...]

Monday’s Motivation: What Makes You Happy?

woman plein air painting in France

Monday is almost over, but I thought I'd go ahead and share Monday's Motivation tip from Fine Art Tips on Facebook. My followers enjoyed this photo of me painting in France, and the motivational words, "Do more of what makes you happy!" These words are simple, yet profound. I hope you can find time to do more of what makes you happy. I am working on that too... Do you know what makes you happy? Leave a comment and let us know what makes YOU … [Read more...]

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

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. 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 … [Read more...]


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