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Painting From Life: Moire as Muse

"With Moire, I recognized early on that she had something unexplainable above the usual - in French called the ‘je ne sais quois’..."
Realism drawings - Plein Air Salon

5 Fabulous Drawings For Your Inspiration

With this round-up of winners from the Drawing category, you'll find inspiration and see what some of your peers in are doing these days.
How to draw - Milno figurative art Plein Air Salon winner

Curiosity and Kaizen: Graphite Drawings by Milno

Achieving a soft look in Milno's graphite drawings involves "commitment, lots of experimentation, and yes ... the use of unusual tools and materials."
Lori Putnam, holding her $15,000 check from winning the annual Plein Air Salon art competition.

February 2022 Opportunities and Grants for Artists

Find a preview of three artist residencies worth checking out, but don't delay - these all have February deadlines.
Contemporary realism watercolor portrait

Painting of the Week: Reminiscentia

Learn the artist's inspiration behind the painting "Reminiscentia," as well as why he chose to enter this international art competition.
Art competitions - Plein Air Salon floral winner by Kathy Anderson

Painting Flowers, Blooms, and Blossoms

Kathy Anderson is known for her love of painting flowers. We asked her to share her inspiration for "Spring with Apple Blossoms."
Plein Air Salon - "Memories of Light" (pencil, 16.5 x 23.3 in.) by Milno

Artist, Optimist, and also an HSP

"After I started my art journey, I was finally able to like all of these traits that made me who I am."
Contemporary realism - Vincent Figliola - RealismToday.com

The Contemporary Realism of Vincent Figliola

In his 80s — and still painting — Figliola has been referred to as “a contemporary realist, painting the Renaissance and making it today.”
Charcoal portrait drawing

When Looking … Becomes Seeing

Skipping the growth opportunity that drawing provides prevents us from taking the most direct path to becoming a good painter; and drawing is simple, if you're not full of ...
PleinAir Salon winner - "Fox Sparrow Study" by Michael Dumas

On Drawing Harbingers of Seasonal Change

How do you capture the nature of birds in flight and at rest? Michael Dumas shares both his inspiration and his process for his winning work, "Fox Sparrow Study."

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