Plein air landscape paintings
“Along the Dolores” by Kathryn Stats $7,800.00

“On the Loose” is an online exhibition of the nationally recognized organization Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA). The Taos Art Museum at Fechin House will be hosting the exhibition via their website (click here to view the landscape paintings for sale) for the entire month of September.

Plein air” is a term which originates from the 19th century French Impressionist movement, it refers to the practice of painting entire finished pictures outside.

plein air oil paintings
“Rosebud Awakening” by Mitch Baird

“Ask an artist what they like the least about painting and they are likely to say deadlines or show theme restrictions. They seem to be never-ending. In this online exhibition, we have removed all restrictions, asking only that PAPA Members paint what they want, where they want and how they want. Eliminating these constraints provides a freedom that allows the artist to fully celebrate the process and chosen subject. It’s an opportunity to celebrate their personal vision, unfiltered and without limitations.” – Matt Smith, PAPA President

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“Paint Fast” by John Budicin

Founded in 1986 by artist Denise Burns, on Catalina Island, California the Plein Air Painters of America began as a small group of artists dedicated to painting from life. For the first two decades, PAPA held annual paint-outs followed by an exhibition, in Avalon on Catalina. This format, unique at the time, has given birth to countless similar groups and events across the country.

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“Sierra Granite” by Kathleen Dunphy

In 2007, PAPA expanded its format to include exhibitions in museums and art centers to emphasize the importance of field studies in the process of making studio paintings. Most of PAPA exhibitions are documented in catalogs.

PAPA members are seasoned outdoor painters and consider some of the best teachers of the genre today, conducting workshops throughout the country and internationally. PAPA also collaborates with Streamline Premium Art Videos to produce instructional videos that are indispensable learning tools.

Plein air landscape paintings
“Occupied” by Leonard Chmiel

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