10 Places Every Artist Needs to Plein Air Paint

For when you need to get outside and paint!

Spring is upon us and it's time to take those easels, canvases, pads, paints and brushes outside! The days are quickly warming up, so leave those dark studios behind and step into the sunlight for en plein air painting . 

What is plein air painting you ask? "En Plein air" is simply a French term for "in the open air", meaning to paint outside in nature. Famous plein air painters include Claude Monet, Georgia O'Keefe, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Winslow Homer. The best thing about plein air painting is that anyone can do it. With tools like the easily portable Jullian Escort French Easel, some Charvin Extra-Fine Artists' Acrylic paints, or maybe even just a notebook you can paint on, like the new Artist Survival Book to pack away in your carrying SoHo Boat Bag, you can go straight outdoors and start painting.

However, if you want to find the best places on the planet for plein air painting, you might need some transportation. Here are some of the best places for en plein air painting around the world!

10. Mt. Ranier, Washington, USA

Mt Ranier from Gand Park, plein air by Robin Weiss, oil colors


9. Tuscany, Italy


Across the Isthmus #2, plein air by Julie Houck


8. Paris, France


Pont Alexander III in the Rain, plein air by Marc Dalessio, oil on panel


7. The Southwest, USA


Bell Rock, plein air by Steve Simon, oil on canvas (Bell Rock, Arizona)


6. Napa Valley, California, USA


Hurried Shadows at Eventide, plein air by Ellen Boulanger


5. Oia, Santorini, Greece



Santorini, Oia, Greece, plein air by Patrick Faulwetter


4.  Yosemite, California, USA


Fishing on the Merced River, plein air by Thomas Hill


3. Maui, Hawaii, USA


Maui Mosaic, plein air by Ken Auster


2. Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA


Grand Canyon, plein air by Kein McCain


1. Bali, Indonesia


Tanah Lot, plein air by Saiman Dullah, oil on canvas


Want to know what to take with you when you tackle the outdoors? Check out our handy guide from The Splatter: Plein Air Art- Create Art Anywhere 

Where was the most beautiful place you've ever painted en plein air? Do you have any other locations to add to our list? Tell us in the comments below!


Comments (3) -

Kip Charlman

You left off Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic

Saran Deepesh

I once painted in Alberobello Italy and it was extremely pretty, you should add that to the list. I can provide a painting I did plein air if you need help finding a painting. Its very good.

Curd Smeshlet

I like painting in my home town of Tulsa

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