Some of the greatest moments of encouragement and inspiration in an artist’s life can come as a result of those that are shared with other artists who have a similar passion for learning. Whether it’s getting together at a studio, art class, with a group of fellow painters on location, or just having a conversation over a cup of coffee, the company of another artist who understands what you’re going through can mean all the difference in the world. Opportunities like this allow artists to exchange information, techniques, ideas and their own experiences with each other, often producing memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.


The publishers of Plein Air Magazine are actively involved in the art community and have put together creative events that help to educate and inspire artists around the world. Artists of all skill levels not only attend these highly anticipated events, but also have the opportunity to experience them by learning from some of today’s best plein air painters. Plein Air magazine’s single largest gathering of the year takes place at the Plein Air Convention and Expo which begins this week in beautiful Monterey, California.


The convention features demonstrations from many of today’s modern masters, group painting sessions, lectures and talks on art and, of course, plein air painting.


Scott Christensen demonstrating at the 2012 Plein Air Convention and Expo.

The organizers of the event have encouraged even more art collectors and gallery directors to attend this year, giving artists more opportunities to make vital connections. These connections have proven extremely beneficial to artists and Plein Air magazine effectively bridges the gap between artist and collector during events like these.

The magazine showcases the finest paintings executed en plein air (painting outdoors from nature), as well as studio landscape paintings. Each issue features top artists and collectors worldwide, including articles on historic masters and leading contemporary painters, as well as emerging artists and collectors. Plein Air is created six times a year by a team of editorial specialists who also happen to be passionate plein air painters themselves, including M. Stephen Doherty and B. Eric Rhoads. Others looking to publish their own print magazine and replicate the success of Plein Air in their community may want to consider the services of professional printing companies to get started with the publication.


Steve Doherty, editor of Plein Air magazine, painting on location.

With a focus on exposing more people to the joys of collecting and creating landscape and studio paintings, the magazine has a consistently growing readership of collectors and artists from around the world. With well-crafted stories, quality design, elegant paper, and stunning reproductions of artwork, each inspiring issue of Plein Air magazine reflects an ever growing community of dedicated plein air painters and provides a valuable resource of information. You can also access each issue while painting on location by subscribing to their digital version which includes expanded content and is available for iPad, iPhone, and Android devices. Plein Air will soon be available through an app in the iTunes Store and on Apple Newsstand, in the Google Play store, and on the Amazon Kindle Newsstand.

If you’re not familiar with Plein Air magazine, I would highly recommend taking a look at their website at While there, be sure to take a look at their Art History section which contains articles about some of the great painters of the past.


You can also enter the You be the Judge art contest until April 30th for a chance to win a half page ad in Plein Air magazine as part of this year’s Grand Prize package! This is a tremendous opportunity for an artist to have their work seen in a major art publication around the world.

Plein Air magazine is available at 648 Barnes & Noble locations from coast to coast and is also distributed in hundreds of newsstands through Ingram and Hudson Booksellers, including Grand Central Station in New York. It is also available at 114 retail locations in Canada and is distributed to subscribers, on newsstands, and at leading art fairs, plein air events, museum and gallery openings, and paint-outs throughout North America and some events overseas. In addition to their magazine, Plein Air also sends out a weekly newsletter, Plein Air Today, about plein air painting, artists, and gallery openings. It’s designed to keep the plein air enthusiast, collectors and artists up-to-date on the latest happenings in the world of plein air and currently reaches over 30,000 collector and artist subscribers.


So, what does all of that mean for you? A great deal of exposure, which is extremely important to an artist’s career. Having your work seen on a large scale in a well known, highly respected publication such as Plein Air magazine could have a tremendous impact on your career.

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