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Another Sweet Chance to Win an Art Cocoon

Pleir air artists, get ready to win these useful wet panel carriers! They protect your painting and everything around it. Our 2017 Summer Plein Air Contest will run from June 15th to July 15th.  You can enter up to three paintings for a chance to win one. Winners are determined by popular vote.  I painted this strawberry field last week during  our annual visit to Whittaker’s Berry Farm in Ida, Michigan.  Even with my two year old twins along, I had was able to finish a quick study and we picked ten pounds of berries.  My oldest daughter and her friend were very helpful, and so was my Art Cocoon.  I taped in my canvas panel when I loaded up my kit in the car.  I used a table top easel and sat on the straw right next to the berries.  They smelled lovely and the weather was absolute perfection.  The kids had fun picking (and eating) strawberries and fell fast asleep on ride home.
I didn’t unpack my kit when we arrived home, because I was wiped out after unloading the littles and the berries.  Around two am, I woke up and started worrying that I might have loaded the art cocoon in the car with the painting facing down.  I ran out to check and sure enough I had. However, my masking tape held up so my painting was still intact. I put the lid back on, banded it securely in place and set it painting side down in my studio. Then I went right back to sleep.


Winter Contest Winners

Thank you to all the artists who entered and all the art lovers who voted in our Winter Contest! It was a treat to see several paintings by some of the artists.  We changed the rules this time so three entries were allowed.  We loved how even such a small body of works gave a good sense of style and range.

Our top eleven artists are all getting their choice of the Traveler One Gift Pack or the Traveler Two Gift pack. Thomas Buchs and Jean-Pierre Jacquet tied, so they are both getting a prize.

Congratulations to:


Esther J Williams




Spencer Meagher


Carol DeMumbrum
Jose L De Juan


Allen Kriegshauser
Teddy Jackson

Sarah Baptist
Tamera Menard Ovall
Thomas Buchs
Jean-Pierre Jacquet

Fabulous New Entries in our Winter Plein Air Contest

It’s hard to believe that this time next week this contest will be wrapping up.
Let’s show these artists some love. Vote for your favorites and share!

Glorieta Stream 30×40,  Thomas Wezwick


Sun and Snow 20×24,  Thomas Wezwick

Winter Sun, Thomas Wezwick

Red Rock Snow Squall, Randy Sprout

Chiesa San Vito, Randy Sprout

High Lake, Randy Sprout

Winery Falls, Thomas Buchs

Robinson’s Boyhood Home, Thomas Buchs

A Cord to be Split, Thomas Buchs

Breaking Through, William Marvin


View From the Bridge, William Marvin


Rockin’ Roses, Teddy Jackson

Autumn Glow, Teddy Jackson

Nearly Sundown, Teddy Jackson

Summer View, Sdthomas819


St Michael’s Cemetary, Jean-Pierre Jacquet


Contre-jour, Jean-Pierre Jacquet


Grounded, Jean-Pierre Jacquet


Quintet 1, Sarah Baptist


SS United States, Sarah Baptist


Alley way, Sarah Baptist

Morning Light, Allen Kriegshauser

Model T at New Melle, Allen Kriegshauser


Old San Angelo Laundry, Allen Kriegshauser

Come see all the entries in our Winter Plein Air Contest.  Vote for your favorites! There is no registration required to vote. Simply click on the artist’s name to see the whole painting and vote.  Our top ten artists will win their choice of the Traveler One Gift Pack or the Traveler Two Gift pack.  Voting ends February 15th and artists can enter up to three paintings, one prize awarded to each winning artist. Good Luck to all our wonderful entries!

How To Enter and Share Your Entry

Entering the Winter 2017 Plein Air Contest is easy!

Just fill in the entry form with:
Your name
E-mail address
Caption (title/media)
Description ( Link to your website!)
Upload a photo of your plein air painting.

Once your photo has posted use the links below the green vote bar to share your entry on social media sites where you have an account with a quick note asking for votes, or recommending it to plein air fans. You can also post the link to your entry into emails or onto blogs and forums. We are blogging, sharing and promoting the contest, but your chances of winning will increase if you share as well.  Plus, the world needs to see more art. So share yours, and give people an easy way to be supportive.

Every artist can enter up to three paintings, and the top ten artists will win their choice of the Traveler One Gift Pack or the Traveler Two Gift pack.

Thanks for entering, and Good luck!

Our Winter Plein Air Contest is underway!

Come see the early entries in our Winter Plein Air Contest.  Vote for your favorites! There is no registraton required to vote. Simply click on the artist’s name to see the whole painting and vote.  Our top ten artists will win their choice of the Traveler One Gift Pack or the Traveler Two Gift pack.  Voting ends February 15th and artists can enter up to three paintings. Good Luck to all our wonderful entries!

Winter Waycross-Donna shortt

Way to Waycross-Donna Shortt

Waycross Winter-Donna Shortt

Bend in the Brandywine River-Megan Lawlor

American Lotus-Megan Lawlor

Where the Kingfisher Lives-Megan Lawlor

Vancouver Alley-Jose L De Juan

Winter Street in Mt. Pleasant-Jose L De Juan

Winter Whisper-Tamera Menard Ovall

Ode to the Super Moon-Spencer Meagher

Crossings-Spencer Meagher

Farm Living is the Life!-Carol DeMumbrum

Christmas Mist at Jackson…-Spencer Meagher

By the Fence Row-Doris Ingle

Frozen Pond-Esther J Williams

Road Less Traveled-Esther J Williams

Owens Valley Glimmer-Esther J Williams

WAOW 46th National Exhibition Art Cocoon Winners

WAOW-Logo_sfThe Art Cocoon gift packs we sent to Woman Artists of the West in support of their 46th National Exhibition have been awarded!

Congratulations to:

Jane Coleman, Black Tail Pond Overlook, Oil

Dee Kirkham, White Peonies , Oil
Gallery Award

Jeanne Hyland, “Three in Search of a Tomatah”
Outstanding Watercolor

Mejo Okon, “Cloud Cow” Allen
President’s Award

Val Carson, “LaJolla Cliffs, California”
Plein Air Award

The awards were selected by judge Nancy Boren.

All photo copywrites belong to their respective artists and WOAW.

For a complete list of winners and catalog of all the wonderful artwork, we encourage you to visit

Autumn 2016 Winners!

ac-contest-autumn-2016-final-artBefore we get to the Autumn winners,  I want to let you know our Winter 2017 Plein Air Contest will run through the month of January.  Please like and follow us at for more updates and plein air community posts.

Thank you as always to everyone who entered a painting or voted! Each winner will be contacted and asked to chose between our Travler One and Traveler Two Gift Packs. Those who didn’t win by popular vote will recieve a special discount code for a future purchase.

Congratulations to our Autumn 2016 Winners:

Kiki's Home PlaceGary Baughman – Kiki’s Home Place
Ladder Creek Falls, StudyKaren Bakke – Ladder Creek Falls, Study
3'22 Goes to Work, oil, 12x12Rose S. Kennedy – ’22 Goes to Work, oil, 12×12
4Blue Ridge FogRhonda Care – Blue Ridge Fog
5Barker Lake Colorbzgriff53 – Barker Lake Color
6Painting at Tarpon SpringsCynthia Edmonds – Painting at Tarpon Springs
7Reflections on the water (sunny november)Lorand Sipos – Reflections on the water (sunny November)
8Fireweed In Fall, AlaskaDiane Holland – Fireweed In Fall, Alaska
9HomecomingCarla Forrest – Homecoming
Beach Walkmary pat byrne – Beach Walk

Autumn 2016 Plein Air Contest – Current Leaders

The votes are very close! Take a few seconds and vote for your favorite artists.  You don’t need to enter any personal information to vote and it’s a great way to support plein air artists. Help them protect their paintings in the field and during the trip home. Top ten entries on November 1st each get their choice of Traveler One Gift Pack or a Traveler Two Gift Pack.
There is still time to enter your plein air painting.  Entry is free and easy!

Current leaders in our Autumn 2016 Plein Air Contest: 

First 10 Entries In Our Autumn Plein Air Contest

ac-contest-autumn-2016-final-art>>Enter Here<<

Good luck to our first ten entries! If it were the 31st today, every entry would get a prize.  Enter and/or  vote anytime in October.  You can vote once per entry and there is no login or registration required to vote. Share your favorites on Facebook and Pinterest.

Blue Ridge FogBlue Ridge Fog – Rhonda Care

Back Paddock SunriseBack Paddock Sunrise – GumboBen

Beach WalkBeach Walk – mary pat byrne

Reflections on the water (sunny november)Reflections on the water… – Lorand Sipos

Marblehead LighthouseMarblehead Lighthouse – Mary Ann Clady

Adoration in AutumnAdoration in Autumn – Caroline Karp

Barker Lake ColorBarker Lake Color – bzgriff53

'22 Goes to Work, oil, 12x12’22 Goes to Work, oil, 12×12 – Rose S. Kennedy

Ladder Creek Falls, StudyLadder Creek Falls, Study – Karen Bakke

Kiki's Home PlaceKiki’s Home Place – Gary Baughman