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Sergio Lopez
Painter and Instructor, Sergio's passionate about painting the figure and blogging about his experiences as a plein air and studio painter.
You can also find him here: www.themainloop.com

Sergio Lopez, born in 1983, is a graduate of the Academy of Art in San Francisco--and is an exemplary painter in a variety of mediums. His artistic knowledge ballooned when he discovered his love of oil painting and charcoal drawing. He filled sketchbook after sketchbook with observations from life as well as drawings from his imagination. The Golden Age illustrators, Bravura painters, contemporary artists, concept designers, graffiti writers, and photographers have been some of his strongest influences in his pursuit of painting. He continues to study by visiting museums and observing the Great Masters, which he strives to learn lessons of beauty from.

Sergio continues to work in a variety of mediums and styles. From oil and gouache landscapes in and out of the studio to nude gesture studies on newsprint, he enjoys it all. Sergio especially enjoys discovering new vistas, setting up his easel, and creating a piece on the spot. He believes there is no better way to discover the truth and essence of a scene than by standing before it and studying it carefully. Sergio is a native of Sonoma County. He finds the area ever-inspiring, and never ceases to find a new gorgeous area no matter how often he explores.

Since he began participating in plein air events in 2010, Sergio has won multiple awards, including Epperson Gallery’s Valona Paint Out best of show award two years in a row, 3 awards in the 2010 Paint San Clemente Festival and Honorable Mention in the Alameda Plein Air event two years in a row. He uses the knowledge gained from painting outdoors in his studio paintings.


Military Wet Panel Carrier 

Social Networks for Artists, Part 1

Social Networks for Artists, Part 2

Sergio can be reached at sergiolopez [AT] themainloop.com

Linda Rosso
Artist and Marketer, Linda has found the sweet spot between stuff she loves to do, stuff she’s good at and stuff someone will pay her to do. You can find her marketing help here: www.artistmarketingguide.com and her art here: www.lindarossostudio.com

Linda Rosso balances an award-winning career as a marketing and communications professional with an emerging career as an artist. After leaving Edelman, the world’s largest public relations firm, as Executive Vice President in 2008, she now leads a double life – working independently with corporate clients across many industries and helping individual artists with their marketing strategies, plans and social media.

Linda began painting in 2007, after being a collector for years, and has enjoyed success in a short period of time. She works in oil, primarily plein air landscapes, but also enjoys still life and portraiture. Linda found it remarkably easy to tap into her business knowledge and apply professional marketing experience to show and sell her paintings. She took her experiences and in 2011 wrote the e-book ART MARKETING BASICS, which clearly lays out a path for emerging artists to show, share and sell their work.

As an artist, she understands and relates to the desire to just get out and paint, and as a successful marketer, she knows the reality of building a business. Her goal is to turn a “have to” into a “want to” for artists, by streamlining the process and getting them excited about marketing. Here’s a favorite comment from a reader: "Despite all of my trepidations, I can clearly see a path forward thanks to you. I think if I break this stuff down into one week chunks I can get the email and new website done before summer. Off to gesso some canvases. Thanks again for your insights, enthusiasm and obviously brilliant tying up art & marketing in a beautiful bow."


Marketing: The Plein Air Advantage

Linda can be reached at linda [AT] lindarosso.com

Lori Putnam
Artist and Instructor, Lori combines her passion for painting from life with her great love for travel. After spending six months each year on the road painting, she enjoys time spent working in her studio. Find Lori at: www.loriputnam.com or: www.loriputnampaints.blogspot.com

A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Lori Putnam travels all over the world, painting small to medium-sized plein air sketches and finished works. She also creates large-scale paintings in her studio.

Although she has had an interest in drawing and other art forms since she was very young, Lori considers herself self-taught. Prior to becoming a full-time fine artist in 2005, she owned and managed a successful graphic design agency for 13 years. In 2008, she and her husband sold all of their belongings and traveled to Italy for more than seven months for the sole purpose of Lori’s intense, independent study and growth as a painter. Quang Ho, Scott Christensen, and Kim English are a few contemporaries she considers her most influential, and she is honored to exhibit regularly in their elite company.

Lori participates annually in several juried and invitational plein air events, and recently won awards in Colorado, California, Wyoming, Florida, Georgia, and Ireland. Her studio work has also received many awards — most recently from the oldest art club in America, the Salmagundi Club in New York City.

Featured in numerous issues of American Art Collector Magazine and Plein Air Magazine, Lori is recognized as one of the finest American Impressionists of our time. She has been chosen as an Artist Faculty member for the Annual Plein Air Convention, hosted by Plein Air Magazine, for the past two years.

Lori also offers workshops in the U.S. and abroad.


Frame-saver Sticks

7 Tips: Packing for a Painting Trip 

Easy Clean-Up for Your Mineral Spirits

Lori can be reached at lori [AT] loriputnam.com

Carole Gray-Weihman
Painter, Instructor and Founder-CEO of Plein Air Liaison, Carole loves engaging with other plein air painters, teaching and painting the landscape. She also enjoys web design and social media. 
You can also find her here: www.gray-weihman.com

In 1990, after a time of personal development and introspection, Carole decided to quit her day job as a Photostat Technician and Graphic Designer to become a full-time painter. After a period of exploring abstract expressionism, she found her passion in the beauty of plein air. Today, she is a devoted painter of the "New American Impressionist Movement”.

In 1999, Carole merged painting studios with her good friend, Camille Przewodek. Their studio, "l'Atelier aux Couleurs" became an art space for teaching and painting. Carole’s biggest artistic influence has been with her studies of the "Hawthorne-Hensche Principle" with her studio-mate, from 1996 to 2007, and with other former students of Henry Hensche, such as John Ebersberger, Cedric and Joanette Egeli at their studio in Maryland and at the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown. She also had the privilege of studying landscape painting with Joseph Mendez, former student of Russian master painter Sergei Bongart, in California and in Spain for three years.  From 2001-2006, Carole studied at the Scottsdale Artists' School Off-Site Workshops with nationally renowned painters Gay Faulkenberry, George Strickland, Kenn Backhaus, Skip Whitcomb, Matt Smith, and Ray Roberts. Since 2003, Carole has been working with Peggi Kroll-Roberts and Ray Roberts of Angels Camp California. To this day, she tries to continue her training with nationally recognized painters, as she loves the process of continuing to learn, grow and advance as a painter.

In 2002, Carole founded  l'Atelier aux Couleurs: Plein Air Painting Tours in Petaluma, CA. Her tours business was  re-vamped and re-established in 2012 and is now known as, Plein Air Liaison. PAL also has an online social network for the Plein Air Liaison Community which is designed for plein air painters and instructors to unite and talk about their development in the area of plein air painting. Here, plein air painters get to share their work and blog about their experiences.
In 2003, Carole co-founded with Camille Przewodek.  l'Atelier aux Couleurs: the Art Academy, "A Master Plein Air Program" in Petaluma, CA.  Additionally, in 2004, she took on the position of San Francisco & Northern Ca.Regional Editor for Plein Air Magazine, until the magazine became known as Fine Art Connoisseur. Plein Air Magazine returned by popular demand, though she has remained as a Regional Editor for Fine Art Connoisseur.


How to Light Your Space 

How to Take Care of Your Brushes

Making a Painting from a Plein Air Study

Carole can be reached at carole [AT] pleinairliaison.com

Alfredo Tofanelli
Alfredo Tofanelli
Painter and Instructor, Alfredo is passionate about painting the portait and figure. He's a regular instructor and advisor with Plein Air Liaison.
You can also find him here: www.tofanellistudio.com  

Born in 1957, Alfredo Tofanelli, Italian-American, is a native of northern California who received his Fine Arts degree from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. While at Art Center he studied under Craig Nelson, Peter Liashkov, Dan McCaw and John Asaro. More recently he has studied with PAPA members Joseph Mendez, Kenn Backhaus, Skip Whitcomb, Gay Faulkenberry, Ray Roberts and also Peggi Kroll-Roberts.

He has continued the study of color with students of Henry Hensche. He studied extensively with Camille Przewodek and Carole Gray-Weihman in Petaluma, California and also with Frank Gannon, John Ebersberger, Steve Perkins and Cedric and Joanette Egeli at their studios in Cape Cod & Maryland. Alfredo established himself as an illustrator and graphic designer in the Los Angeles area before returning north to San Francisco. For ten years Alfredo was on the faculty of Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles, teaching courses in life drawing, painting and computer graphics. In the Bay Area he worked as an Art Director at The 3DO Company and Electronic Arts and also as a web developer.
As well as being a Plein AIr Liaison instructor, he currently teaches head & figure painting at l'Atelier aux Couleurs, formerly known as the Art Academy of Petaluma, in CA.


Photographing your Artwork 

Preparing Images for Web & Print

Al can be reached at al [AT] tofanelli.com


Peter Jason Riley
is the author of the newly revised book “New Tax Guide for Writers, Artists, Performers, & Other Creative People” published by Focus Publishing. 
You can also find him here: www.artstaxinfo.com

Peter Jason Riley is the president of Riley & Associates, P.C. located in Newburyport, Massachusetts and lives with his wife Ruth and daughter Olivia. His passions include music, photography, politics, art, The Ponderosa Stomp and the great city of New Orleans. He is also the author of the book “New Tax Guide for Writers, Artists, Performers, & Other Creative People” published by Focus Publishing.  Visit Peter's award winning website dedicated to people working in the arts at: www.artstaxinfo.com. His other websites include: www.cpa-services.com and his blog: www.riley-associates.blogspot.com.


Taxation & Tax Deductions for the Self-Employed Visual Artist

Peter can be reached at peter [AT] cpa-services.com



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