Plein-Air Painters “Painting from Life”

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If you’ve heard of the Plein-Air Painters of America already, well Bravo to you! If you haven’t heard of them yet, don’t fret. We have the scoop on this growing group of accomplished artists and how you can to tap into their secrets.


So who are the Plein-Air Painters of America? Also called PAPA, the Plein-Air Painters of America began in 1986 on California’s beautiful Catalina Island with a goal to “paint from life.” In simple terms, PAPA uses the things they see every day as a guide. Whether its amazing architecture, picturesque parks, or even urban street scenes, for the Plein-Air Painters, everything in the great outdoors translates to art.


PAPA shares its passion with others by hosting “paintouts.” According to PAPA’s website, PAPA members “conduct plein-air and studio workshops throughout the year, around the country and throughout the world.” In fact, the group has upcoming shows as far away as Ireland and Sweden and as close as New Mexico, Washington State, Colorado, New York, Minnesota and more. Plein-air and studio workshops are hosted by professional artists from around the world and last for several days.


Attendees can expect to learn landscape painting techniques, instruction at all levels of oil paintings (watercolors and pastels welcome), portrait painting, and more. Visit the Plein-Air Painters website for the most current workshop schedule.


Ok, on to the secrets. If you can’t make it a plein-air or studio workshop, it’s ok. You can learn PAPA’s secrets “in the convenience of your studio.” The group’s video page highlights a variety of DVDs by PAPA members that address “challenges specific to a painting experience and/or medium in the outdoors.”


Here are just a few other things you ought to know about the Plein-Air Painters of America:


•They paint smaller 16×20 paintings because the goal is to finish the same day and on time. Simply put, Plein-Air Painters like anything that’s portable and smaller canvas!


•Workshop and studio gatherings are a social experience. PAPA members and attendees meet in groups at art stores, have coffee and snacks, and usually paint somewhere in the open air.


To learn more about Plein-Air Painters of America, please visit their official website.


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