Category Archives: plein air

How to Draw a Tree: a peek at the process (Online art lesson #72)

Tree drawing is akin to tree hugging, but you get graphite, not bark, under your fingernails.  When drawing trees, you get to visually hug way up to the crown  and out to the ends of the smallest twigs. This video … Continue reading

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Why You Should Always Carry a Sketchbook (Online art lesson #60)

Have you ever seen a view that you wanted to draw when you couldn’t actually sit in that location?  Do you set out from home knowing that you don’t have room in your schedule to sit and make art?  Carry … Continue reading

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Plein Air or Studio Painting? Think Outside the Box (Online art lesson # 58)

Wonderful  opportunities await the plein air painter.  Studio painting provides different advantages.   But sometimes, it’s a combination of the two that suits the situation.  You may have a lot of paint boxes, but you don’t have to think inside … Continue reading

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You’re invited – Acrylic Landscape Painting Demo

Acrylic painting demo –  watch a scene from NYC’s Central Park progress from a blank canvas. Shown below is a 9×12 painted plein air last month in New York City.   I will  paint the same scene, and use the … Continue reading

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Golden Open Acrylics: Trial by Iris (Online art lesson #23)

Painting plein air with acrylics often feels like a battle against their fast drying nature.  In an arid environment they can dry on the brush between palette and  canvas; not the relaxing “one with nature” experience I seek! After weeks … Continue reading

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