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Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational

No doubt as a result of this article, where we described the history of plein air painting in Southern California, we have been invited to the 15th annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitation, a week long plein air painting event that includes on-site painting, exhibits and galleries. We thought we’d share it with any [...]

California Plein Air Painters Paint the Mission Tomorrow

Plein Air is a French term used to describe the practice, revolutionary in the late 19th Century, of artists leaving their studios to paint landscapes and scenes in nature. Many of the early French Impressionists painted “en plein air,” including Monet, Renoir and even Van Gogh. Around the same time (~1890-1930), California developed its own [...]