PleinAir Salon - Mark Daly, "The Hesper’s Reflection," oil, 20 x 16 in.
Mark Daly, "The Hesper’s Reflection," oil, 20 x 16 in.

Congratulations to Mark Daly, whose oil painting “The Hesper’s Reflection” won the Best Vehicle category in the November 2023 PleinAir Salon, a monthly art competition for plein air and studio painters.

“My purpose for painting is to share the joy and beauty I see in city, boat, beach, and other memorable scenes that move me to create,” Mark says.

“I start a painting by focusing on design. I interpret, simplify, and connect the big shapes. While picture-making, I work the whole painting—orchestrating all parts to reinforce the composition while avoiding getting lost in unessential details. I provide enough visual clarity and drawing accuracy so that the viewer can understand the subject but add their own interpretation of the scene.

“A keen focus on values and expressive paint application help me create an in-the-moment sense of light, mood, and movement in my work. I use all five senses when painting. For example, with a musical background, I consider how a painting should look and sound. This enables me to add more life to my compositions and connection with viewers.”

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About the PleinAir Salon:

In the spirit of the French Salon created by the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, this annual online art competition, with 11 monthly cycles, leading to the annual Salon Grand Prize winners, is designed to stimulate artistic growth through competition. The competition rewards artists with $50,000 in cash prizes and exposure of their work, with the winning painting featured on the cover of PleinAir Magazine.

Winners in each monthly competition may receive recognition and exposure through PleinAir Magazine’s print magazine, e-newsletters, websites, and social media. Winners of each competition will also be entered into the annual competition. The Annual Awards will be presented live at the next Plein Air Convention & Expo.

The next round of the PleinAir Salon has begun so hurry, as this competition ends on the last day of the month. Enter your best art in the PleinAir Salon here.

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