PleinAir Magazine

FREEZING THE SUN

Russell Jewell retired from secondary art education in June. After a busy summer on the plein air circuit, he took some time out to talk about what he sees as the future of watercolor in plein air and how he’s going to spend his newfound free time.

Kelly Kane: How has retirement impacted your painting goals?

Russell Jewell: I’ve been so focused on teaching other people how to draw and paint, and now I’m ready to lean into my own education. When I retired, I decided to purposefully overschedule myself with events from June until the end of the year to see what my limits are, to gauge what the right number feels like. I’ve been in five plein air events since June. I’ve met so many people and I continue to learn from other painters, and that’s the beauty of it.

Kane: Why is plein air such

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