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Intensive Immersive Wyoming Trip

Intensive Immersive Wyoming Trip

I just returned from a great trip to Wyoming, where I was working on two writing projects. I had two tasks--to report on an event sponsored by the SKB foundation, and to do research for a writing project on the history of visual art in the Wind River Mountains and...

How Artists Go Birding

How Artists Go Birding

I interviewed two artists I admire who also like to go birdwatching. I was interested in how they approach birding differently when they have their artist's cap on. Here's what they had to say:...

James Coe Paints and Goes Birding in Israel

SKBer (and SAA star) James Coe traveled to Israel this past winter as part of a group raising awareness about the plight of the Dead Sea. I wrote about his trip for both OutdoorPainter.com, the online presence for PleinAir magazine, and for the Susan Kathleen Black...

How One Artist Helps Veterans and Military Families

How One Artist Helps Veterans and Military Families

While in Kerrville, Texas for an SKB event, I had the chance to interview Steve Boster in his ranch house. Several of us were painting the view from his back deck, and he took some time out to have a cup of coffee with me (he was still waking up from seeing ZZ Top...

Jerry Fresia’s Plein Air Manifesto

I wrote this piece for OutdoorPainter.com, the online presence for PleinAir magazine. It showcases the approach to plein air used by Jerry Fresia, a thoughtful painter based in the Lake Como area of Italy. http://www.outdoorpainter.com/fresias-plein-air-manifesto/

Selling Paintings in Advance: The Syndicate Approach

I wrote this piece for OutdoorPainter.com, the online presence for PleinAir magazine. It describes how one painter used a syndicate--and llamas--to pre-sell paintings he made on a long painting trip up in the mountains. This funded his excursion, and excited his...

Painting Abstract Pieces en Plein Air

I wrote this piece for OutdoorPainter.com, the online presence for PleinAir magazine. It inspired me to try to paint abstractly using the colors and some of the shapes from the landscape in front of me. What do you think?...