Is Plein Air Painting A Sport?

“Along the Trail, Mendocino” by Rick J. Delanty 12" x 24" - Acrylic --all images here have been painted or begun en plein air-- When Bob retired after 42 years in the aerospace industry, one of his buddies whose wife was an artist ... Read More...

Truth, Passion, Variety

“…Show the whole world that you are not afraid. Be silent, if you choose; but when it is necessary, speak – and speak in such a way that people will remember it.” - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart "House of Light II" by Rick J. Delanty36" x ... Read More...

My 3 Essential Ingredients
for a Plein Air Painting

“Plein Air Painting has a language all its own.”  --Mark Kerckhoff Moment, Place, and Feeling “Capturing the moment” is certainly a worthwhile endeavor in plein air landscape painting—sometimes it seems almost ... Read More...

The Ideal Subject

"Sketch everything, and keep your curiosity fresh."   - John Singer Sargent "The more I paint, the more I like everything."    - Jean-Michel Basquiat As do you, I love to paint. I love nature, the experience of being outdoors. And I love ... Read More...

Just Do It!

‘Learn technique; have full command to the extent of not being conscious of how it is done. When craftsmanship has been developed, you are free to create... technique will give way to expression!” (Sergei Bongart) The doorway to ... Read More...

“Confidence” Should be a Tube of Paint

Real confidence only comes from study and practice.—Harley Brown As I’ve been preparing to paint lately, I’ve been thinking about how great it would be if “Confidence” were just a color I could squeeze out onto my palette. It would mix ... Read More...

Painting is like Swimming: It’s easy when done right

To float like a cloud, you have to go to the trouble of becoming one. -Robert Genn, Canadian painter “I’m in the zone!” “This painting practically painted itself!” “I found the sweet spot in this one!” “FINALLY—I didn’t over-work ... Read More...

Your Art is a Gift

This message is for "art-makers". In our world today, no justification is needed for cultural activities, performances, museums, books, the enjoyment of children’s imaginative play, or the process of the creative act. And for those who ... Read More...

Painting the Perfect Subject

Is there such a thing—the “perfect” subject to paint-- on any given day? Like song-choice for a musician, the subject an artist chooses to paint carries his/her personality, abilities and message to the viewers who will see it. ... Read More...

The Hand of a Master: Portrait Demo by Mian Situ

Any artist knows that seeing a master-craftsman demonstrate his/her skills in person is one of the most effective ways to learn about techniques, strategies, and concepts. Just as significantly as seeing a quality artwork created are the ... Read More...