Plein Air Painting Outdoor Painting Art

What is Plein Air Painting?

Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice of painting outside goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities, coupled with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel—the precursor to theplein air easels of today—allowed plein air artists the freedom to paint “en plein air,” which is the French expression for “in the open air.”

How Painting Outside Works

Outdoor painting gives artists the opportunity to paint the landscape in an immediate way—from direct observation—responding to changes in light, air quality, weather, and time of day. Many advocates and artists who have taken up plein air painting are committed to creating stirring landscape paintings that are derived solely from nature itself, in an alla-prima style (which means producing a painting in one session outdoors). But practitioners can also find it useful to work from a variety of sources for a plein air painting, including initial

This is our Most Popular Book on Color Theory & Color Mixing

1. Color Theory: For Oil and Watercolor

Color Theory: For Oil and Watercolor is the one-of-a-kind resource for conquering color. It’s instantly accessible and I can take it wherever I go—in the studio or out when I am doing color sketching, so I am able to master color theory on my own timeline. What lured me to this eBook is how it teaches me how to select the perfect hue every time—no matter where I am, what the lighting conditions are, or what I am painting. That means when I mix colors, I do it with confidence and the results aren’t muddy or off! And that means finding the joy in color and discovering the ability to make your colors “sing,” according to artist-instructor David Gallup, who compares color theory to musical composition. What could be more appealing than that? And because it is just a click away, I didn’t hesitate to make it mine– the payoff is so huge and important to the development of my art.

2. Color Concepts

Learning how to see and mix colors is crucial, and doing it with pastels is a reward in and of itself

Is There in the Market for Western Art in Asia?

In the wake of major auctions in Hong Kong, Natalie Hegert asks whether the West’s favorite artists can become big-hitters in Asia

Recent headline-grabbing auction results have demonstrated a clear demand for Western masterpieces among Asia’s big-spender collectors: In 2015, Modigliani’s Reclining Nude was purchased for $170 million by Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian and, more recently, Basquiat’sUntitled 1982 painting went to Japanese collector Yusaku Maezawa for $110.5 million.

Until now, however, Asian collectors couldn’t expect to find these works on their home turf, but would have to bid in auctions in New York or London. This May, an experiment at Christie’s Hong Kong sought to change that: in Hong Kong, the auction house offered a selection of Western works along with the usual cadre of Asian artists in the saleContemporaries: Voices from East and West.Rebecca Wei, President of Christie’s Asia, touted the event as “a true union of Western and Asian works in one single sale.” Artists included Cecily Brown, Willem de Kooning, Adrian Ghenie, Gerhard Richter, Rudolf Stingel, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Wayne Thiebaud, Cy Twombly, featured alongside major works

3 Very Easy Steps That We Can Take to Learn How to Paint

1. Understand Your Materials

There are dozens of oil painting lessons out there. But the first, and most crucial, step of painting instruction is coming to know your materials. All oil painting lessons start there because knowing how your paints respond allows you to fully understand how to exploit them to their fullest potential, and how to avoid any big mistakes.
Traditional oil paints consist of ground pigments combined with a drying oil, such as linseed, walnut, or poppyseed oil. A “drying oil” is one that absorbs oxygen from the air, which causes it to dry and harden over time, forming a flexible and resistant surface. Each pigment requires a different amount of oil to reach the consistency needed for painting. The amount of oil absorbed by a pigment directly affects its drying time, which can be useful for an artist to know as he or she works in the studio to learn painting.

When applying layers of oil paint most artists follow one of the most popular oil painting lessons known as the “fat-over-lean” rule. ‘Fat’ oil paint contains more oil than pigment, which increases the length of time it takes to dry. ‘Lean’

3 Things We Should Know Before Starting to paint with Oil paint

1. Know the Tint Strength of Your Paints

Knowing how to use oil paints starts with discovering the tinting strength of each color on your oil painting palette. For example, Prussian blue and alizarin crimson have very strong tinting strengths: just a small amount of either color added to white makes a vivid tint. On the other hand, terre verte and raw umber have weaker tinting strength and turn pale when mixed with just a little bit of white. A beginner oil painting lesson you can teach yourself right now is adding the same amount of white to each color on your palette to see how each pigment is affected.

2. Understand Impasto

Building up the surface of a painting with thick and loose applications of paint is one of my favorite oil painting techniques, and it is known as impasto. First, there is just such a sensual pleasure in moving the buttery paint around in this way. And the fact that you can also leave behind the marks made with your brush makes the activity an expressive one and one of the most valuable abstract oil painting techniques worth exploring.

A Secret from a Drawing Perspective Made Easy

Why Knowing How to Draw Perspective Is Important

I will be the first to admit that learning and practicing linear perspective is a little bit like eating your veggies when you are a kid. You aren’t sure about them even though you know they are good for you but, in the end, you learn to love them. But what is really worth remembering about perspective drawing is that if you know the basics, you’ve got all the capabilities of a 3D drawing in your hands. That’s why understanding linear perspective is so important for artists, beginners included.

Linear perspective revolutionized the way artists perceived and incorporated spatial depth in their work. Established in solid, mathematical terms in the 15th century, linear perspective creates the illusion of three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface.

How to Tell the Difference Between One-Point Perspective and Two-Point Perspective

To create effective linear perspective, artists establish a horizon line, a vanishing point on that line, and multiple orthogonal, or vanishing, lines. The horizon line is a horizontal line that runs across the paper or canvas to represent the viewer’s eye level and delineates the sky meeting the ground.The

5 Important Things to Learn How to Draw

1. Find the Best Drawing Tools for You

The first step of learning to draw is figuring out what drawing tools you want to work with and gaining an awareness of what your chosen drawing medium is capable of. Working with a graphite pencil is quite a different experience and utilizes a completely different process than working with a stick of charcoal, oil pastel, pen and ink or colored pencil. Drawing Secrets Revealed by Sarah Parks and the video download Top 10 Art Techniques can really help you reach your fullest potential by giving you an understanding of the different drawing techniques used with different drawing media. For example, if you want to really work on your mark-making with an emphasis on hatching or cross-hatching, you’ll probably want to work with graphite. For more expressive marks, reach for charcoal.

2. Use Mistakes as a Lesson

When you start to draw the first thing you will want to do is loosen up—literally. You want to draw fluidly and spontaneously, so the first thing I was always taught to do is warm up with exercises like drawing circles or cubes. This gets your hand and eye working

Steps to Landscape Drawing Imagine Where, When, and How You Will Be Drawing

John Singer Sargent may have been able to start painting landscapes in any location or during any hour of the day, but the rest of us need to select a contemporary landscape painting location based on the time of day, season of the year, and conditions that prevail. One spot might be inspiring in the morning and boring in the afternoon; or the location may require more time to paint than is available. It is therefore important to take into account what the landscape painting conditions are likely to be at the various locations you are considering. Most professionals take note of the locations they pass and try to remember the best vantage point and the optimal time for returning.

Artist Thomas S. Buechner says, “The older I get, the more attractive the subject matter that is closest to the bathroom becomes.” He was joking, of course, but he does try to avoid spending too much time searching for the “perfect” landscape artwork location because there are always a variety of choices available, some more convenient than others.

Artists Matthew Daub and William Hook had much the same advice when they cautioned against

6 Photography Tips and Tricks for Creating Artwork for Life

1. Memorize the scene before you paint

Don’t forget that when you want to transform a photo into a painting, first look at the scene, person, or composition with your own two eyes if possible. Take in the view, make mental notes, and memorize the scene. Only then take out your camera and photograph your composition carefully.

2. Identify the source of light

As you turn photo into painting, remember that consistency in your treatment of the light source is key to a convincing painting. So look at your photo and ask yourself, where is the light coming from?

3. Illustrate the shadows

Shadows are crucial to study when you are going from photos to paintings. Often times you can lose the light in the shadows with a photograph, so be sure to interpret these hidden areas when it comes time to paint them.

4. Don’t forget to squint

Even when using a photo reference, it is important to squint. You will see patterns in your reference and avoid unwanted patterns on your canvas.

5. Crop the photo thoughtfully before you start painting

Painting from photo references

7 Tips How to Draw People

1. Drawing Hands

Keep in mind the bone and muscle structure beneath the surface. In some places the surface is influenced by the angular bones, in others by the soft muscles. Don’t round off all the forms or the subject will look rubbery.~from Walt Reed (author of The Figure)

2. Drawing People and More

A classic way to draw something with correct proportion is to create a grid and place it over your reference photo, then draw a grid on your paper. Erasing these lines can be a pain, so a lightbox (or window on a sunny day) can be used instead. Place the grid on the lightbox, tape it down, then place your paper over the grid. You can see the grid through the paper and there’s no erasing later.~from Carrie Stuart Parks and Rick Parks (authors of The Big Book of Realistic Drawing Secrets)


3. Drawing People

A useful device is a shaft or midline, which is a line drawn through  the middle of a human form to see how it is supported. A midline acts like the armature underneath movement and direction. It also simplifies the process of seeing and indicating the angles of specific forms.~from

Impressionist and Leading Modern Art at Christie’s

A Return of Market Confidence? 

  • This year’s sale was a remarkable 483% up on Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Sale in June 2016, which totalled a meagre £25.5 million ($33.1 million) with fees — a result which was attributed to market uncertainty ahead of the UK’s historic Brexit vote.

Auctioneer and Global President Jussi Pylkännen selling Max Beckmann’s Hölle der Vögel (Birds’ Hell), 1937-38. Sold for £36,005,000 ($45,834,362) against an estimate of £30,000,000.

  • Though the sale surpassed Sotheby’s results, it still fell short of Christie’s own total estimate of £141.3-191.7 million, with high-value lots falling short of their estimates or failing to sell — Egon Schiele’s sombre 1915 painting Individual Houses (with Mountains), estimated at £20-30 million, failed to attract a single bid.

New Artist Records 

  • Max Beckmann’s Birds’ Hell (1937–8) sold for £36,005,000 ($45,834,365) — a new auction record for the artist and the highest price ever achieved at auction for a work of German Expressionism. The work, which reflects on the horrors of the Nazi regime, was purchased by dealer Larry Gagosian.
  • Additional records were achieved at a lower price point for works by Georges Vantongerloo and Hannah Höch, both of which shot to

Impressionist and Modern Art Market Shows Signs of Growth

Impressionist and Modern Evening Art sales at both Christie’s and Sotheby’s saw growth in sold value compared to equivalent sales in 2016.

At Sotheby’s, the 21 June evening sale total was £127,945,750 ($161,326,796) — up 24% from £103,280,000 ($151,834,501), appearing to indicate a market lift. The sale saw sell-through rates of 74% by lot and 96% by value.

Auctioneer and Global President Jussi Pylkännen selling Max Beckmann’s Hölle der Vögel (Birds’ Hell), 1937-38. Sold for £36,005,000 ($45,834,362) against an estimate of £30,000,000.

At Christie’s, this year’s 27 June Impressionist and Modern Art Evening sale was a remarkable 484% up on the equivalent sale in June 2016, realizing £129,500,000 ($13,678,080) against last year’s meagre £25,612,500 ($37,573,538) — a result that was attributed to market uncertainty ahead of the UK’s historic Brexit vote. The 2017 sale was 94% sold by lot and 87% sold by value.

Though Christie’s result was higher than Sotheby’s, it fell short of Christie’s own estimate of £141.3-191.7 million, with key high-value lots selling below estimate or failing to sell — as was the case with Egon Schiele’s sombre 1915 painting Individual Houses (with Mountains), which failed to attract a single bid.

This year’s Impressionist and

What We Need to Know Before Drawing with Markers and Ink

Learn to Draw with Markers and Ink like a Pro

Drawing with markers offers almost instant gratification—markers are simple to use, require little prep time and dry quickly. Because the marking material is fluid, the smooth marks are unlike those made by dry drawing mediums.

Drawing with markers will offer you a range of brilliant color that surely will excite your creativity. They’re ideal for creating loose lines, calligraphic designs and precise technical illustrations.

One drawback to using them is that it’s not easy to correct mistakes. To work successfully, you need a bit of confidence and some drawing experience.

The many different types of markers go by various names, such as art markers, marker pens, artist pens, brush pens and paint markers. Art pens and markers come in every color you can imagine and can be purchased in sets to save money. They vary in size and tip shape and are further distinguished by their colorant, which can be dye, ink or paint, and alcohol-, water- or solvent-based.

Different Types of Markers

When learning how to draw with markers, it’s important to consider the different types. Three common kinds of markers are listed

If You Are Ready to Sell Art Online Read below

You Don’t Have to Be a Business Mogul to Make a Living from Your Art

I love the fact that we live in a day and age when artists have so much control over their careers. Making a living through creativity and artistic output is not only possible, but it is very likely if you do a few things right. Even more, I’m especially thrilled to see how we can sell art online. Putting artists in the drivers seat!

Know Your Price Point–Or Points

If you want to sell art online, industry standards tell us that $5,000 is a cap for the high end of what collectors and buyers are willing to pay to buy a work online. That’s not to say you should mark all your works for sale at this price. I recommend offering several different price points. That way you begin to groom young patrons who may not have a lot of money–but really like your art. More affordable price points or purchase plans are a great way to do that and, with the latter, you can set up online options that make this relatively secure and easy.

Imagery Is Key

Gale was confirmed for the ninth Abu Dhabi Art fair

The new director of the Abu Dhabi Art fair, Dyala Nusseibeh, is making changes to the Middle Eastern event, including a new curated section organised by the high-profile museum curator Omar Kholeif. The ninth edition of the Modern and contemporary art fair,  which launches later this year at Manarat al Saadiyat (8-11 November), is due to include 48 galleries, up from 35 last year. These include regional dealers such as Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Modern Art Gallery and Lawrie Shabibi of Dubai. Notable international names include Sprüth Magers, which run spaces in Berlin, London and Los Angeles, and Sean Kelly Gallery of New York.

Kholeif, the Manilow senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, will oversee Beyond Territory. “The focus is artists who work with landscape in the broad sense: the formal, social and political landscape,” he tells The Art Newspaper. “I wanted to not limit this to artists from the region but to create an inter-generational and global map to show that there were connections across geographies, subjects, sites and forms.

“We will most definitely be introducing lots of new artists to Abu Dhabi for the first time: Sprüth Magers, who have never before exhibited at any fair

What Artists Are Wrong About Fearless Girl Statues

This past weekend NYC artist Alex Gardega added a third sculpture to the Charging Bulland Fearless Girl works near Wall Street in Lower Manhattan. Titled Pissing Pug, the bronze-painted papier-mâché work features a petite pup with its hind leg raised, urinating on the feet of the Fearless Girl. Gardega created the crude sculpture in response to what he sees as “fake feminism,” or corporations co-opting an empowering message that has very little to do with empowerment in the end, and everything to do with positioning their brand in a better light. “This is corporate nonsense,” Gardega told the New York Post.

Gardega also remarked that the Fearless Girl statue detracts from the Charging Bull, the iconic gargantuan statue crafted by sculptor Arturo Di Modica. The bull has been a symbolic fixture on Wall Street since it was first created in 1989 by what Gardega considers a true artist. While Gardega’s artistic intentions were for the pug to invade the Fearless Girl’s space, just as he views the Fearless Girl to be invading the Charging Bull‘s space, his critics are calling the work misogynistic. Pissing Pug remained on view for only a few hours before it was taken

Christo’s Next Project Mastaba is the Biggest Statue in the World

With more than a few groundbreaking works of art under his belt at 82-years-old, Christo still radiates a tireless energy that shows no signs of slowing down. He still sketches everything by hand himself, and “when he’s in his studio, he’s standing, not sitting,” says Mathias Rastorfer of Galerie Gmurzynska, a Swiss gallery that exhibited a few of Christo’s smaller-scale works—wrapped sculptures from the 1960s and preliminary colored-pencil sketches of his greatest hits—at Art Basel Hong Kong this year. “He eats a piece of garlic every morning and goes up the incredibly steep stairs of his Tribeca studio ten times a day,” Rastorfer continued. “He’s the liveliest 82-year-old I know.”

It’s this tirelessness that’s made Christo and his late partner Jeanne-Claude’s larger-than-life career possible; the biggest hurdle to achieving their architecturally scaled works has always been the bureaucratic red tape that sometimes takes decades to overcome. “We always worked on several projects at once because we were never sure what would get permission,” Christo said when he met us in Hong Kong, directly off of a ten-day site-planning trip for another potential project in Abu Dhabi, UAE. “In the last 50 years, we realized 23 projects and

What they do not tell about high school art

People may judge or mock you for taking a ‘mickey mouse’ subject

Art is often described as a ‘mickey mouse’ subject or ‘soft option’ by people who have little understanding of the subject. Art has a large practical component; there is the view that it is not intellectually demanding or academic. People may not realise the higher ordering thinking that is required when studying Art to evaluate, analyse and develop artwork and themes and at times produce comprehensive written projects in some areas of study. The subject may be discredited by the media, career advisors and fellow students.

Two of my “friends” do Maths at A Level and have repeatedly taken the mick out of me for doing A Level Art, to the point where I considered dropping it… – An A Level Art student, via The Student Room

In my own experience though, I find people usually appreciate the amount of effort that is required and admire your dedication to the subject, especially when you study Art at a senior level, where there are often written components such as a Personal Investigation / Personal Study or formal art analysis.

I have had friends who studied

The 10 most important steps you can take for ace high school Art

1. Dream of success

Most people spend their days fretting about the past or worrying about the future. They carry around an inner critic that belittles their skill, intellect, appearance, decisions, actions and worth as a person. The human capacity for anticipating the future based on the events of the past has resulted in us dominating the planet; it is also the leading of cause of misery. If you are depressed, worried or anxious, read The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (Amazon affiliate link). He will remind you that what has already happened has gone and will only ever exist as a memory experienced in your mind now. Similarly, the future is an imaginary concept that can only be considered in this moment: now.

Worry shackles you. It leaves you paralysed with fear. Instead of contemplating negative outcomes – transform your inner critic into an advocate. Treat yourself with the wisdom and kindness that you would show a child, sibling or friend. Imagine an outcome so awesome that your parents, teachers and friends are filled with pride. When you realise that achieving something great is entirely possible, every facet of your brain begins to work together and your

Home Where Art is Made Acts of the People Artist Maud Lewis

There’s no rain in her clouds, no gray in her shadows; Maud Lewis’ small paintings are bright with sunshine, and filled with blue skies, crystal snow and calm waters. Now, a new movie tells the true story of a painter from Nova Scotia whose joyful works hardly hint at the difficult life she led.

Lewis had rheumatoid arthritis, which made it difficult for her to work, even as a young woman. To support herself, she took a job cooking and cleaning for a peddler — a man she would later marry. In the film Maudie, the couple is played by Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke. (Critic Bob Mondello says the film is remarkable.

Lewis had no formal training, but she got her start painting Christmas cards with her mother, which they sold for 25 cents. As an adult, she used leftover house paint to brighten walls, bread boxes, cookie sheets — even the stove — with butterflies, tulips and swans. Canvas was expensive and hard to come by, so Lewis painted on beaver boards and Masonite — and she did it all from her own imagination.

“I’ve never seen any paintings from other artists,” said