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Painting Plein Air

With the summer season upon us, many artist like myself are out painting in the gorgeous weather. [...]

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The Limitations of Working from Photographs and How to Compensate for Them

Photos are a great resource to work from as long as you understand their limitations. Working from life as often as possible will help you expand your ability to interpret photos into personal expression. [...]

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Using the Paper's Texture and Dragging Dry Pigment: At the Point of JR Monks' Brush

I feel color is a powerful tool for a painter, but color alone can become cliche and elements such as texture provide a means to speak a more powerful truth about the landscape. [...]

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Embrace The Nature Fix To Be Happier And More Creative

No wonder plein air painting, paint-outs, conventions and outdoor workshops have grown in popularity. Creative people have rediscovered all the healthy benefits in taking their paints outside. [...]

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Workshopping Around

I don’t care who you are, we all can grow by taking classes from other artists... [...]

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To Improve Your Art, Ignore The Subplots

“You are the filter.” Your uniqueness and individuality is what separates your portrayal of the scene from that of another painter. [...]

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Everything Changes

It must be the same for all skills, in that we never truly achieve on our own, but are a culmination of our own experiences, and that of others, who so generously help in our own journey. [...]

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What To Do When The Workshop's Over, Part 2: The Art of Self Critique

I critique each of my plein air paintings when I get back in the studio. [...]

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The "Gritty" Artist

It's exhilarating to go through the process of problem solving when things aren't going well, coming up with creative alternatives to what isn't working and conceptualizing things in a different way to achieve a better result... [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Mark Farina

Artist Mark Farina creates beautifully rendered paintings. Mark has explored numerous subjects in his studio. His still life paintings capture a sense of magic and reverence. The same can be said of his exquisite landscape paintings. The viewer is invited to observe extraordinary moments in these seemingly ordinary scenes. [...]

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Getting the Most Out of Your Camera

Like a brush, the camera is a tool. You don’t buy cheap brushes, so don’t buy a cheap camera. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Jill Basham, Janet Dirksen, Hillary Scott

For this round of Staff Picks we had art critic Brian Sherwin (Editor of The Art Edge) select artwork that has been featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. We at FineArtViews encourage you to learn more about the following artists: Jill Basham, Janet Dirksen, Hillary Scott [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Laura Lengeling

Artist Laura Lengeling draws inspiration from her Midwest surroundings and travels. She is arguably best known for her pastel landscape paintings. Her work in pastel offers the viewer a celebration of color. However, Laura is able to tap into this same level of intensity when working with oils. Her work acknowledges the beauty that can be found in everyday scenes. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Dan McGrath

Artist Dan McGrath is the founder of Plein Air Painters of the Bluegrass. He enjoys the outdoors, hiking, and canoeing. These activities inform his plein air paintings. Dan's charming field studies reveal the intrinsic beauty of the natural world. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Deirdre Shibano

Artist Deirdre Shibano has establish a solid reputation for creating beautiful plein air paintings. However, she is also a highly skilled portrait and figure painter. Shibano is passionate about the process of painting. She is equally inspired by the natural world and the human condition. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Steve Bourgeois

Artist Steve Bourgeois is primarily a plein air painter. However, he is equally skilled at portrait and still life painting. Steve studied at the Baton Rouge Fine Arts Academy and New Orleans Academy of Fine Art. Additionally, he has participated in numerous workshops throughout the United States. The rustic charm of Steve's plein air paintings caught our eye. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Paul Bachem

Artist Paul Bachem is a dedicated plein air painter. Paul's paintings are in numerous private collections as well as the permanent collection of the Forbes Gallery in New York City. He has exhibited at a number of galleries in the Northeast. Informed Collector offered the following statement about Paul's paintings: "Impressionistic urban landscapes with that charming down home, grass roots feel of America, symbolizing all that is good." [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Paul Bachem, Carol Hein, Philippe Gandiol

For this round of Staff Picks we had art critic Brian Sherwin (Editor of The Art Edge) select artwork that has been featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. We at FineArtViews encourage you to learn more about the following artists: Paul Bachem, Carol Hein, Philippe Gandiol [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Kathryn Clark

Artist Kathryn Clark is primarily a plein air painter. Additionally, Kathryn has garnered acclaim for her beautiful still life, portrait, and wildlife paintings. Examples of her artwork can be found in numerous books, magazines, and periodicals.Her captivating oil and watercolor paintings are simply a joy to observe. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Kevin Macpherson

Artist Kevin Macpherson is considered one of the leading plein air painters in the United States. Kevin has lived a life beyond his wildest dreams because he followed his muse. Paints in hand, he has globe-trotted to over thirty-five countries and counting. Art is his mistress as he travels in search of inspiration. His colorful, compelling oils cross international borders, speaking with the universal language of color. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Carole Böggemann Peirson

Artist Carole Böggemann Peirson has garnered acclaim for her stunning paintings. She is widely known for creating works that capture the essence of rural America. Carole has discovered a great sense of pleasure and fulfillment in creating impressions of things that fascinate and inspire her. She strives to captivate viewers with the wonder of nature. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: John Mansueto, Philippe Gandiol, Felicity Sidwell

For this round of Staff Picks we had art critic Brian Sherwin (Editor of The Art Edge) select artwork that has been featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. We at FineArtViews encourage you to learn more about the following artists: John Mansueto, Philippe Gandiol, Felicity Sidwell [...]

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Breaking Rules

Master the rules of painting. Then go ahead, feel free to break those basic tenets with full understanding of what you are doing. Those who know…know. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Damien Gonzales

Artist Damien Gonzales divides his time between painting outdoors and in the studio. Damien is an oil painter -- focusing primarily on landscape painting. According to Southwest Art magazine, Damien has been attracted to landscape painting ever since he visited a Santa Fe gallery and viewed a stunning canvas depicting a large rock wall at the bottom of the Grand Canyon with the Colorado River flowing along its base. He notes that he enjoys representational works and aspects of impressionism that impart a sublime quality to a painting. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Peggy Orbon

Artist Peggy Orbon is an oil and pastel painter. Peggy has stated that the dramatic colors, fantastic landscapes and wonderful weather of New Mexico serve as her source of inspiration. Her powerful work captures the beauty of nature. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Bruce Hancock

Artist Bruce Hancock strives to capture the people, places, color and culture of America in oil. His plein air paintings are a joy to observe -- each image offers a reflective look at a moment caught in time. Bruce notes that he is devoted to the study and practice of the art of painting. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Chuck Larivey

Artist Chuck Larivey works primarily as an oil painter. He states that his paintings are typically large scale landscapes, favoring the sun or moon with dramatic atmospheric translucent light effects merging into the earth’s surface. Chuck has garnered acclaim for the way in which he handles water in his sensitive, atmospheric scenes. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Kathleen Dunphy

Artist Kathleen Dunphy has garnered a strong reputation for her ability to capture the light and life of nature. Steve Doherty, of Plein Air Magazine, stated the following about Kathleen’s work: "Ask anyone which artists are certain to be among the next generation of great plein air painters, and Californian Kathleen Dunphy’s name will be at the top of the list." Kathleen’s work has been featured on the Informed Collector newsletter. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Erik Speyer

Artist Erik Speyer is a well-known plein air painter. Erik notes that he is best known for his plein air scenes of the Miami River, Everglades and the Florida Keys. Erik has also painted in such diverse places as Vietnam and Spain. He has also created an impressive collection of figurative works, marine subjects and still life paintings. Erik works primarily with oils and watercolors. [...]

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Looseness is Not the Same as Sloppiness... or it shouldn't be

I thought that loose painting was just sloppy and fast work done by people who wanted to crank it out. Needless to say, that opinion was wrong. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Janine Salzman

Artist Janine Salzman describes herself as a contemporary Impressionist painter. She has received acclaim for her seascape and landscape paintings. Additionally, she creates exquisite still life and figure paintings. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Joseph Napolitano

Artist Joseph Napolitano is known for his figurative, landscape, still life and photo-realistic paintings. Joseph notes that his work has been exhibited at art shows and galleries throughout Southern California. Additionally, his work has appeared on numerous television programs. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Tim Breaux

Artist Tim Breaux is known for his focus on Midwest regionalism. Tim notes that he is primarily a studio painter, however, he is also dedicated to plein air painting -- which has spurred many travels in Missouri, Arkansas, New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona. Tim states that his forays to the mountains and deserts generally result in several pieces each year. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Poppy Balser

Artist Poppy Balser is known for creating beautiful watercolor paintings. Poppy often creates work in one session -- allowing the urgency of the moment to help her capture the strength of simplicity. Informed Collector has noted Poppy's gorgeous use of values and color hues. [...]

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Caring for Your Painting Tools (Not Just the Hardware Kind!)

Being a visual artist, a painter, sculptor, printmaker, or mixed media creator, may seem like a safe occupation, and compared to a policeman or coal miner, they are. It’s important however to be aware of the hazards associated with our own particular methods and media and take precautions. [...]

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Sluggish Sameness

I leave you with this challenge. Discover what light can do for your work. Take the dare to shed sameness and climb to the top of the heap. What do you have to lose by trying? You have much to gain. When you are successfully able to work light into your originals you will stand out for exceptional achievement. Believe me, if I can learn then anyone can. [...]

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The Advantages of Plein Air Painting

The best advantage of painting plein air is that all the senses are engaged. You are essentially making a first-class memory. Sight, smell, sound, and touch are simultaneously involved. Even if you can't touch the landscape, you can feel the breeze (and hopefully not fierce wind or bug bites). You're fully experiencing 3 dimensional life, which also engages human emotion. Your painting becomes a personal response to the subject at hand. Whereas, painting from a photograph is a calculated response with diminished emotion. Sure, I paint plenty of landscapes from photos in the studio, but I can never fully replace the original experience of studying a place I adore in real life. [...]

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What is Plein Air Anyway?

What does en plein air really mean? It is a French term. Depending upon which dictionary you use, the English translation is a variation of the following: “in the open air”, “outdoors”, “open air”, or “out in the open”. That sounds simple enough. Paintings done on location, outdoors, and in the open air are considered plein air paintings. [...]

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Don’t Just Play it Safe

Your so-called ‘safe’ paintings often have a higher likelihood of turning out successfully. But they usually won’t be the ‘show-stoppers’. They will tend to feel a little bit more predictable or formulaic for lack of better words. Even if they turn out good, they probably won’t represent your very best work. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Michael Maczuga

Artist Michael Maczuga has garnered attention for his paintings of children. In fact, Michael has been described as one of the top painters of children in the United States. [...]

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