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Useful Links


An index of useful links for PLEIN EIRE members will be posted on this page under a variety of headings.


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Plein Air Websites :

Plein Air Artists.

The mothership of plein air community websites, this is an international site run by philanthropic artist, Don Maier in USA.

Wet Canvas.

A forum on a great range of painting and drawing topics.

Plein Air Art.

Plein air site offering comprehensive listing of plein airorganisations and events.

Plein Air Muse

General plein air site with good advice, comparisons of easel set-ups for plein air painting, USA painting sites listed. Far from comprehensive but it may be just building this database.

Plein Air Society

Website for plein air painters in the UK.

The Plein Air Scene

Information and Resources for the plein air painter.


Major Annual Plein Air Events :

Art in the Open.

Large international plein air festival held each year in and around Wexford, Ireland. Art in the Open is an open entry event. and runs in the week before the first Monday in August.

Paint Annapolis.

Well-established annual September plein air event in Maryland, USA, organised by Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters' Association. Participation by juried selection.

Pintar Rapido

Annual 2-Day plein air event  in July centered on Kensington Borough in London. Day 1: registration, painting and handing in one entry. Day 2: exhibition in Chelsea Old Town Hall.with sales and awards. Over 200 participants in 2013. The name 'Pintar Rapido' and the format derives from several events which happen annually in towns and villages all over Spain.

Plein Air Easton.

Significant annual July event in the town of Easton, Maryland, USA. Participation by juried selection.

Sedona Plein Air.

Annual October competition in Arizona, USA. Participation by juried selection.

Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational

Florida plein air event held in May.

Telluride Plein Air

Colorado plein air event June/July. Participation by juried selection.

Wayne Plein Air.

Pennsylvania juried event held in May.

San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival.

California plein air juried event held in October.

Worldwide Paint Out.

A 'wherever you are' paint out. By International Plein Air Painters Organisation in September.

Noordwijk Painting Festival

Annual seaside plein air festival in the  Netherlands


Information Sites :


An authoritative library on watercolour painting but inevitably, much else besides.

The Painters' Keys.

Artist Robert Genn's twice-weekly blog has grown into an informative archive of studio wisdom. The esteem in which it is held is shown by the number of artists who list it among their favourite sites.

Visual Arts Cork.

Site with some information on historic and contemporary visual arts scene in Ireland.

Squidoo on Plein Air

Links and information on the subject.

Painting Perceptions

An excellent website with in-depth interviews, excellent videos and challenging discussions. 

A Pocket History of Irish Painting

Adapted from the introduction to "When times began to rant & rage" by James Christen Steward, Director, Michegan Museum of Art.



Painting Associations, Clubs and Societies in Ireland :

Arts Society of Ulster

Dublin Painting & Sketching Club 

Limerick Arts Society

Pastel Society of Ireland

Royal Hibernian Academy

Royal Ulster Academy

South Tipperary Art Group (STAG)

United Arts Club

Ulster Watercolour Society

Ulster Society of Women Artists

Visual Artists Ireland

Watercolour Society of Ireland

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