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PleinAir Magazine Jun/Jul 2017

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.

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childe hassam (1859-1935) returning to nature and works on paper

As an early American Impressionist, a prolific printmaker and painter, and a skillful marketer of his work, Childe Hassam enjoyed critical and financial success until late in his career. By the time he created this watercolor self-portrait en plein air, however, the art market had passed him by and embraced avant-garde movements. At this stage in his life, Hassam, who was an illustrator before training as a fine artist in Paris, noted the special significance of works on paper, remarking, “I began my career in the graphic arts, and I am ending it in the graphic arts.”The artist shows himself on the boardwalk at the Maidstone Beach Club in East Hampton, New York, one of his favorite places for plein air painting. His high regard for the setting is reflected…

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the summer of transformation

B. Eric Rhoads addressing the crowd of plein air enthusiasts at the 2017 Plein Air Convention & ExpoIt’s an old story: An enthusiastic teen or college student says to Mom and Dad, “I want to be an artist.” And most of those concerned parents say something like, “Honey, you’re picking a difficult path. It’s impossible to make a living as an artist. You really need to pursue something else.”Perhaps you’ve heard similar discouraging words yourself from your own family members. If not, you’ve probably encountered artists who have lived that story and were pushed in a different direction.Sadly, there is an all-but-universal belief that one cannot make a good living as an artist and that the life of an artist is filled with difficulty. It’s probably rooted in the story…

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success motivated by the lack thereof

I recently painted a farm in Stuarts Draft, Virginia on a beautiful morning. I’m not going to show you the unsuccessful painting I worked on a few days later.Often when I interview artists over the phone for profile articles in PleinAir, they boast about their recent achievements. I assume they want me to write about them as confident, skillful, and celebrated plein air painters. I have no problem listening to them brag because I understand they want to present themselves to subscribers, collectors, students, and friends in the best possible light. I also know the artists may have only one opportunity to be featured in a national art magazine.I thought about this recently when I was reviewing the online display of unsold paintings created during the recent Olmsted Plein Air…

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claude lorrain (1600-1682) a value sketch by a master

An Artist SketchingClaude Lorrain ca. 1640, graphite and brown ink on paper, 8 1/2 x 12 3/4 in.Collection the British Museum, LondonThe Judgment of ParisClaude Lorrain (French, 1604/1605-1682) 1645-1646, oil on canvas, 44 3/16 x 58 7/8 in.Collection National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund 1969.1.1Looking at this outdoor sketch from the vantage point of contemporary plein air painting, it has the appearance of a high-contrast preparatory sketch that might be used to develop a larger oil painting. The simplified design, strong diagonal thrust, and high-contrast values are exactly what one would want in a plan for a successful studio painting. To verify that, one only needs to consider the large allegorical painting The Judgment of Paris, a work typical of those that earned Claude Lorrain his…

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$31,500 awarded to pleinair salon winners

Bright Morning, Timberline FallsKathleen B. Hudson2016, oil on linen panel, 18 x 14 in.Private collectionGrand Prize winner in the PleinAir SalonOn Monday April 24, 2017 at the Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) in San Diego, Kentucky painter Kathleen B. Hudson suddenly found herself $15,000 richer. The oil painter won the Grand Prize in the PleinAir Salon.Hudson won for her painting Bright Morning, Timberline Falls. The artist took a moment to describe the painting experience that informed the plein air piece. “This particular painting was certainly high-risk, high-reward — it was the most hard-fought of my career because it required a nearly 10- mile round-trip hike to Timberline Falls during the Plein Air Rockies event last year,” says Hudson.“I devoted plenty of time to a preliminary thumbnail sketch so I…

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barns portfolio

Sunny Day, PetalumaRobin Purcell2017, watercolor, 12 x 12 in.Collection the artistPlein airThe Ladies and the 1953 Golden JubileeKaren Ann Hitt2017, oil, 20 x 24 in.Collection the artistPlein air“One of my favorite aspects of plein air painting is capturing the history of a location,” says Florida artist Karen Ann Hitt. “The ‘ladies’ depicted in this painting are the last two surviving mares from the horse line, who are about 17 and 20 years old, respectively. The person feeding them is the only daughter in the family that has owned the farm through good times and bad. Maintaining the barn and homestead is still the main focus of the surviving family members."Late Summer DreamsM. Camille Day2016, oil on paper, 11 x 14 in.Collection the artistStudioSunrise on the FarmKelli Folsom2017, oil on panel,…