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Plein Air

In the Bunker and on the Lam: Marc Trujillo, Painter

Hilary Harkness | Posted 09.07.2016 | Arts
Hilary Harkness

The light illuminated the Coliseum, showing off the incredible and timeless accomplishments of mankind. I haven't been to Rome in at least a decade, ...

A Brief Conversation With Painter Jim St Clair

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 02.15.2016 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

Below are excerpts from a long form interview I did with my friend the painter Jim St Clair on the occasion of his exhibition at The Morris Warren Gallery here in New York City. Enjoy.

Painting in Provence

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 11.30.2016 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

In Provence, I chose the Luberon for its beauty, and for the most part, stayed in the villages to paint. The Chambres d'hotes were the most memorable and staying in the old farmhouses also provided painting material.

Bridges of Paris: Pont Alexandre III, an Open-Air Museum

Michael Saint James | Posted 11.23.2016 | Travel
Michael Saint James

The Pont Alexandre III is Paris's most elegant, grandiose, and sumptuous bridge: one of the most beautiful river crossings in the world. It was built ...

Jeanne Tremel: Active Dreams and Contemplative Art

D. Dominick Lombardi | Posted 11.10.2016 | Arts
D. Dominick Lombardi

A sculptor, painter and installation artist, Jeanne Tremel reveals that elusive space between visual perception and what the mind and body feels and experiences both consciously and unconsciously.

Raymond Berry: 'Hidden Hanover' at Randolph-Macon College

John Seed | Posted 05.04.2016 | Arts
John Seed

Raymond Berry: "It is distressing to see creative people caught in the trap of trying to be someone else other than who they really are. They mimic others, they borrow others personal alchemy, and they take short cuts rather than earn something with hard work and a personal journey."

The Artists Behind Those Courtroom Artists' Paintings

Daniel Grant | Posted 11.26.2013 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Jane Rosenberg has to choose carefully whom she tells what to: "When I go to a party, if I tell people I'm a painter, they say, 'That's nice' and then they walk away; but if I tell them I'm a courtroom artist, they say 'Wow' and want to talk to me all night.

Some Risks, Along With the Pleasures, of Painting en Plein Air

Daniel Grant | Posted 09.28.2013 | Arts
Daniel Grant

The 19th century was the great age of plein-air landscape painting, when artists left their studios and took to the outdoors to capture not a romanticized vision of nature but the real thing.


Brian D. Cohen | Posted 08.17.2013 | Arts
Brian D. Cohen

Many artists have had a bear-monomaniacal relationship with a theme, place, or subject: Paul Cézanne, Mont Sainte-Victoire; Josef Albers, squares; Jasper Johns, flags; Claude Monet, Rouen Cathedral or haystacks or poplars; Giorgio Morandi, bottles; G. B. Piranesi, Roman ruins; or quite wonderfully, John Gibson, balls.

If Works of Art are 'Strikingly Similar,' Is That a Problem?

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel Grant

One talks of "drawing from life," perhaps of being a "plein-air" artist, but the fact remains that most art looks more like other art than like life, ...

Debate: Must 'Plein Air' Be Defined?

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel Grant

There are very few rules in art, but artists (like everyone else) want to know that terms are understood in the same way by everyone. Take, for example, the term "plein air."

'Plein-Air' Painting Has Its Drawbacks, too

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Dangers of painting outdoors can be quite real. One may include guns and flatbed trucks as plein-air accouterments, since a number of artists use one or the other.