Plein Air Salon - Abigail Gutting,
Abigail Gutting, "The Professional," oil, 30 x 40 in.

Congratulations to Abigail Gutting (abigailgutting.com), whose work has been recognized in the Plein Air Salon, a monthly art competition with many categories in which to enter your art.

Gutting’s painting, “The Professional” won in the Best Western category of the June 2021 Plein Air Salon.

“‘The Professional’ has an emphasis on movement and weight,” said Gutting, “and, as the title suggests, tells a story about this bareback bronc in particular. As is the case with most of my work, the composition is very simple in order to focus on the structure of the animal and direction of the light.

“I paint the 21st century American West. The themes of my work are often action focused and purposely emphasize anatomy. It’s my favorite part of painting animals, both western and wildlife.”

Other categories for the Plein Air Salon art competition include Best Building, Best Drawing and Sketches, and many more! Visit pleinairsalon.com to view the complete list.


Why should a contemporary realist enter the Plein Air Salon?

Because this art contest is created by Plein Air magazine, which features not only plein air paintings, but also studio paintings, all types of paintings are eligible and do not need to have been completed in plein air, but should originate from a plein air study or plein air experience. As we know, many studio paintings start with plein air sketches. Our interest is in rewarding great paintings.

The Plein Air Salon awards $33,000 in CASH each year! Learn more at pleinairsalon.com, and enter your best work for your chance to win this art competition. Enter now – the next deadline is coming soon!

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If you’ve never entered, it only takes a couple of minutes to create your own account. Once you do that, just upload the images of your best work and select the categories you wish to enter – very manageable to do!

All of our awards are CASH, with the grand prize winner getting called up on stage at the Convention & Expo to claim their check for $15,000. That grand prize winner will also have their winning painting featured on the cover of Plein Air magazine (can it get any better?).

There are smaller cash awards, too, and you can find out all about them here. Remember, even if a previous judge did not select your painting, our current judge just might find it to be a winner!


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