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PleinAir Magazine

PleinAir Magazine

August/September 2021

Get your PleinAir Magazine digital subscription today and join tens of thousands of artists and collectors who have joined a new plein air movement. Rooted in a deep history, each bi-monthly issue, edited by Kelly Kane, chronicles important events and spotlights today’s master artists, their techniques, the collectors who follow them, as well as the historic artists who came before them.

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United States
Streamline Publishing
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
plein air heritage

A devout Calvinist, Alexandre Calame (Swiss, 1810–1864) saw the large-scale, dramatic Alpine scenes he was known for as expressions of the divine. At their core, however, the paintings demonstrate the artist’s deep natural connection to the land. As a committed member of the Düsseldorf school of painting, Calame advocated working en plein air. At his death, nearly 600 small paintings and studies never meant for public view were found in the artist’s studio. Among them, Swiss Landscape. In this piece, Calame eschews the scenes of snow-capped peaks that dominate his oeuvre in favor of a quieter view of the landscape. Rather than forbidding and awe-inspiring, the effect is warm and inviting. A group of harvesters toil among the fields — a neat patchwork of greens and golds. The mountains and lake have…

2 min
catching up and showing up

I have visions of people timidly looking out their windows while painting indoors during COVID quarantines. Though I know many of you were able to get out, others needed to stay put and stay inside. There has been pent-up demand to get outside and paint, and I’m thrilled to see so many who have ventured out to events, paint-outs, shows, and openings to reconnect with followers, fans, friends, and fellow painters. And I suspect as things (hopefully) continue to open up, and as foreign travel becomes more available, we’ll all look for opportunities to get outside and paint even more. Clearly it’s time to catch up with friends we’ve not been able to hug or see in person, and to paint with our painting buddies. Because of COVID, one of my fears…

2 min
paint what you know

Years ago, I was invited to join a panel for a discussion about art at the Florida Watercolor Society’s annual event. (Congratulations to them on their 50th anniversary this year!) Also on the panel were two distinguished artists — Dean Mitchell and Morten E. Solberg. As the Q&A was winding down, an attendee stood to express her frustration that paintings of dogs or flowers never win awards in art competitions. We suggested that perhaps she focus on pushing her own paintings to another level by thinking harder about what draws her to those subjects and focusing more succinctly on expressing those feelings or emotions. It was agreed that painting a wholly different subject from what she typically did simply for competition was a losing proposition. The old writer’s adage, “write…

1 min
a thank you and a welcome

PleinAir Magazine ushers in a new chapter as Associate Publisher Anne W. Brown retires this summer. Over the course of the past 10 years, Anne has participated in the inception of the Plein Air Convention & Expo, the creation of Streamline Publishing’s digital products, and the successful growth of the magazine despite the pandemic. “Anne Brown is a superstar,” says Eric Rhoads, publisher of PleinAir. “Though we hate to lose her to retirement, she will always be part of the Streamline family. She has helped us change so many lives over the years by helping artists, galleries, and organizations grow through our advertising. She will be deeply missed.” With Anne’s retirement, we welcome Katie Reeves as the new director of sales and marketing. She has been in the publishing business for 30…

3 min
pastel spotlight

NANCY LILLY Round Rock, Texas Sentries to the Sunset, 20 x 30 in., pastel on archival panel Available through the artist nlilly@austin.rr.com 512.671.6363 www.nancylillyartist.com MARTI WALKER Sacramento, California Sunset O’er the Blue Ridge, 24 x 32 in., pastel Available through the artist marti@martiwalker.com | 916.224.5909 | www.martiwalker.com JAMES K. VINCENT Billings, Montana The Blackfoot Valley, 12 x 16 in., pastel on Uart paper Available through the artist artstudio@jameskvincent.com | www.jameskvincent.comRepresented by Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT; Depot Gallery, Red Lodge, MT JODY MARTIN Kyle, Texas Silent Night, 17 x 24 in., pastel on Pastel Premier sanded paper jodymartinstudio@icloud.com www.jodymartinstudio.com CHRISTINE BODNAR Marshfield, Massachusetts Sandy Neck Dunes, 18 x 17 in., pastel on Pastelmat mounted on gatorboard Available through Powers Gallery, Acton, MA cbodn59@yahoo.com | 617.835.1584 www.christinebodnar.comRepresented by N.W. Barrett Gallery, Portsmouth, NH; Powers Gallery, Acton, MA; Tvedten Fine Art Gallery, Harbor Springs, MI LORIE MERFELD-BATSON Westcliffe,…

1 min
paint grand travers a plein air affair

CHRISTOPHER LEEPER Canfield, Ohio Fool in the Rain, 14 x 18 in., acrylic leepart@zoominternet.net | 330.718.0517 www.christopherleeper.com PHIL FISHER Naples, FL The Bahle Barn, 18 x 24 in., watercolor 239.659.2787 | www.philfisherfineart.comRepresented by Guess-Fisher Gallery, Naples, FL; Main Street Gallery, Leland, MI; Mackinac’s Little Gallery, Mackinac Island, MI NATALIE GUESS Naples, FL Crayton Cove Charm, 14 x 11 in., batik on silk 239.659.2787 | www.natalieguess.comRepresented by Guess-Fisher Gallery, Naples, FL; Main Street Gallery, Leland, MI; Mackinac’s Little Gallery, Mackinac Island, MI ALAN LARKIN South Bend, Indiana Footbridge Over Trail Creek, 20 x 16 in., oil on linen panel alanjlarkin@gmail.com | www.alanlarkin.netRepresented by The Brown County Art Gallery, Nashville, IN; Paradigm Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN; Crestwoods Gallery, Roanoke, IN DAVID WESTERFIELD Allendale, Michigan Birch Above the Shore, 24 x 36 in., oil david@westerfieldstudio.com | www.westerfieldstudio.comRepresented by Arbor Gallery, Glen Arbor, MI; Tvedten Fine Art, Harbor…