Resources - Plein Air Painting Technique
  For more information about plein air painting techniques, our members have recommended the following books, DVDs and videos.    


Albala, Mitchell. Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice
Mitchell also has a companion blog (see below).

Carlson, John F. Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting

Dow, Arther Wesley. Compostion: Understanding Line, Notan and Color

Griffel, Lois. Painting the Impressionist Landscape

Gury, Al. Alla Prima: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Direct Painting

MacPherson, Kevin. Fill Your Landscapes with Light and Color

MacPherson, Kevin. Landscape Painting Inside and Out

McKinley, Richard. Pastel Pointers: Top 100 Secrets for Beautiful Paintings

Payne, Edgar. Composition of Outdoor Painting

Schmid, Richard. Alla Prima: Everything I Know about Painting

Schmid, Richard. The Landscapes

Tolley, Elizabeth. Oil Painter’s Solution Book: Landscapes



Schmid, Richard. Richard Schmid Paints the Landscape. There are 4 DVDs in the series: May, June, November, and White Pine.

McKinley, Richard. Pastel Landscape Session adnn Oil Landscape Session.



Plein Air Magazine


Videos and Blogs

Mitchell Albala' blog at

Richard McKinley’s blog, which often covers plein air topics:

A good overview of Notans:

An excellent plein air demo by Dutch painter Roos Schuring:

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