Plein Air Painting

13th Annual ARC Salon (2017-2018)

Plein Air Painting

This year we have introduced a new 9th category for Plein Air Painting in the 13th International ARC Salon Competition. This represents 44 entries out of the 135 works entered into this category. Plein air painting is about painting on site and creating beautiful scenes fully from life in a natural setting. Its origins started centuries ago as a way to capture color and light, and works created in this method were often used by artists as reference sketches when creating academic studio works. However, this style of painting took on a life of its own, becoming a favorite of the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities, married with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel, allowed artists the freedom to paint "en plein air," which is the French expression for "in the open air". Although this category is most often associated to landscape paintings, figurative works that were also painted en plein air, are encouraged in this category. We are proud to add this important historical genera to the ARC Salon.

Winners

$2,500 Cash Award

First Place

Jim McVicker

Roses and Apples

2017

Oil on linen panel

60.96 x 45.72 cm | 24 x 18 in

$1,000 Cash Award

Second Place

Bryan Mark Taylor

Kaiping Junk

2016

Oil on linen

22.86 x 30.48 cm | 9 x 12 in

$500 Cash Award

Third Place

Joseph McGurl

Twilight Comes to a Western Town

2016

Oil

22.86 x 30.48 cm | 9 x 12 in

This work is on loan from a private collection.

Honorable Mentions

Carol Arnold

Summer Begonias

2017

Oil

60.96 x 50.8 cm | 24 x 20 in

Donald Demers

Along the Docks

2016

Oil on mounted linen

25.4 x 20.32 cm | 10 x 8 in

Damien Gonzales

Vallecito Mountain - Taos

2016

Oil

22.86 x 30.48 cm | 9 x 12 in

This work is available for purchase, for inquiries please write to kara.ross@artrenewal.org

Jane Hunt

Q Road Sunset

2017

Oil

25.4 x 40.64 cm | 10 x 16 in

This work is on loan from a private collection.

Jim McVicker

Garden, Light and Color

2017

Oil on linen panel

40.64 x 50.8 cm | 16 x 20 in

Jim McVicker

Trinidad Bay

2017

Oil on linen

50.8 x 101.6 cm | 20 x 40 in

Joe Paquet

Rural Electrification

2014

Oil on mounted linen

60.96 x 76.2 cm | 24 x 30 in

This work is on loan from a private collection.

Mary Pettis

Cove Patterns and Turtles Too!

2017

Oil

40.64 x 50.8 cm | 16 x 20 in

This work is on loan from a private collection.

Finalists