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PleinAir Magazine

PleinAir Magazine August/September 2019

Get PleinAir Magazine digital magazine subscription today and follow tens-of-thousands of artists and collectors who have joined a new plein air movement. Rooted in deep history each quarterly issue, edited by Cherie Haas, chronicles today’s master artists, their techniques, events and the collectors who follow them as well as the historic artists who came before them.

United States
Streamline Publishing
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6 Issues

In this issue

1 min.
plein air heritage

Like his mentor and fellow Norwegian, Johan Christian Dahl, Thomas Fearnley (1802–1842) alternated between large, composed landscapes meant for exhibition and smaller, plein air oil sketches. They parted ways, however, when it came to subject matter. While Dahl urged him to specialize in local landscapes, Fearnley preferred to travel and sketch widely throughout Europe. With its bright, small sun at the center emphasizing the fleeting quality of the moment, and the stark lines in the clouds hinting at the oncoming darkness, Sunset, Sorrento illustrates the attention the artist paid to the role of light in his studies. Upon the artist’s death at age 39, this sketch and myriad others surfaced. Although Fearnley considered them incomplete works, Dahl argued they were “better than his finished paintings, for in them he gave of…

2 min.
pleinair magazine us

PUBLISHER B. Eric Rhoads • bericrhoads@gmail.com Twitter: @ericrhoads • Facebook: /ericrhoads ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Scott Jones • sjones@streamlinepublishing.com EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Kelly Kane • kkane@streamlinepublishing.com MANAGING EDITOR Brida Connolly • bconnolly@streamlinepublishing.com • 702.299.0417 CREATIVE DIRECTOR Alfonso Jones • alfonso.streamline@gmail.com • 561.655.8778 ART DIRECTOR Kenneth Whitney • kenneth.whitney@gmail.com EDITOR EMERITUS M. Stephen Doherty VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES Bob Hogan • bhogan@streamlinepublishing.com • 206.321.8990 NATIONAL SALES MANAGER, SUPPLIERS Richard Lindenberg • richlindenberg@gmail.com • 415.948.6142 NATIONAL MARKETING MANAGER Yvonne Van Wechel • yvonnevanwechel@gmail.com • 602.810.3518 REGIONAL MARKETING MANAGERS Krystal Allen West Coast krystalallen2@gmail.com 541.447.4787 Scott Jones Mountain West sjones@streamlinepublishing.com 406.871.0649 Gina Ward Central gwardart@gmail.com 920.743.2405 Mary Green Northeast & International mgreen@streamlinepublishing.com 508.230.9928 DIGITAL AD MANAGER Sarah Webb • swebb@streamlinepublishing.com • 630.445.9182 Plein Air Today Cherie Haas, Editor chaas@streamlinepublishing.com Subscriptions: 561.655.8778 or www.pleinairmagazine.com WEBSITES PleinAirMagazine.com • OutdoorPainter.com for artists PleinAirCollector.com for collectors ADVISORY BOARD Museum & Organization Officers Peter Adams, President, California Art Club (www.americanlegacyfinearts.com/artists/peter-adams/) Sandy Askey Adams, En Plein Air Group, Facebook (www.sandyaskeyadams.com) Antony Bridge, Pochade.Co.UK (www.antonybridge.co.uk) Christopher Forbes, Vice Chairman, Forbes Inc.…

3 min.
the plein air life well lived

Wrapping up the 9th annual Adirondack painting adventure, I realized that my life is all about community. In the Adirondacks, we’ve formed our own little community of artists who gather year after year. Some have passed; others have moved on; yet most continue to return, having looked forward to it all year. And each spring, new artists join the family. Though the event is packaged as a week of painting in beautiful surroundings, one artist put it best when he said, “I come to spend a week with the people I’ve grown to love. The painting is just a bonus.” When I started these Publisher’s Invitational events nine years ago, I could not have fully appreciated what they would become. For me, it was an excuse to take a week off…

3 min.
six degrees of plein air

PleinAir Magazine publisher Eric Rhoads talks a lot about the plein air community, and the part that each of us plays, in his bi-monthly Publisher’s Letters. For me, this issue is a celebration of that reality. But there are lots of ways to define community, and, as the stories that follow illustrate, the reach of a committed and passionate group can extend far beyond its own members. A dramatic example of that influence can be found in “En Train Air,” the account of six well-known plein air painters who rode a long-distance train on a route that’s in danger of disappearing. In doing so, they called attention to the small towns along the way that will suffer most if that happens. Not only will the work they created on the trip…

4 min.
dramatic lighting

Ask any plein air painter what attracts them to a particular scene, and more often than not, light is the answer. So what happens when an artist is faced with a landscape endowed with especially dramatic effects — a spectacularly colored sky reflected in the water below, a mysterious moonlit alleyway, or a tree-lined sidewalk brought to life by the play of dappled light? The 15 paintings showcased here give us a glimpse of the magic that can be achieved. “I was searching for a nocturne subject in an unfamiliar neighborhood,” says John Caggiano. “The hour was growing late, and just before I was about to give up, I drove up a dark and partly unpaved street, and this scene presented itself. The streetlamp was the only source of light. Luckily,…

10 min.
the poetry of life

There’s nothing in the world like plein air painting!” says Kim Lordier. “I cherish those experiences I have when I’m standing in front of nature and reacting to what I’m seeing. Just being outside and feeling the power of Mother Nature is my greatest inspiration. Since I live in a noisy, busy suburb, I crave the sensation of having my feet firmly planted on the earth, or my toes sunk deep into the sand at a beach and hearing the force of the waves as they crash against the rocks. I’m easily enchanted by the scent of air perfumed by freshly tilled earth, and in autumn, by the smell of tarweed. Experiencing the poetry of life in the great outdoors is what compels me to set up my easel and…