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Whytock’s "The Writer" won the “Best Artist Over 65” category for the December/January 2019 salon, judged by Tim Newton

Congratulations to John Whytock (, whose work has been recognized in the PleinAir Salon, a bi-monthly art competition.

John has been a professional, award-winning artist since 1979. In his studio and on-site, he has painted murals for hotels, casinos, and private parties throughout the world, including over 150 for Las Vegas businesses, alone. His fine art has shown in galleries from San Francisco to New York City.

Other categories for this art competition include Best Figure & Portrait, Best Building, Best Drawing and Sketches, and many more! Visit to view the complete list.

Why should a contemporary realist enter the PleinAir Salon?

Because this art contest is created by PleinAir magazine, which features not only plein air paintings, but also studio paintings, all types of paintings are eligible and do not need to have been completed in plein air, but should originate from a plein air study or plein air experience. As we know, many studio paintings start with plein air sketches. Our interest is in rewarding great paintings.

PleinAir Salon art competition

The PleinAir Salon awards $27,000 in CASH each year! Learn more at, and enter your best work for your chance to win this art competition. Enter now – the next deadline is Friday, January 31! Diane Waterhouse, Waterhouse Gallery owner, is our Dec-Jan judge.

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If you’ve never entered, it only takes a couple of minutes to create your own account. Once you do that, just upload the images of your best work and select the categories you wish to enter – very manageable to do!

All of our awards are CA$H, with the grand prize winner getting called up on stage at the Convention & Expo to claim their BIG FAT check for $15,000. That grand prize winner will also have their winning painting featured on the cover of PleinAir magazine (can it get any better?).

There are smaller cash awards, too, and you can find out all about them here.

And remember, even if a previous judge did not select your painting, our current judge just might find it to be a winner!

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