Plein Air 6x8in. Oil on linen/panel--Debbie Lamey-MacDonald
Are You Ready for a Plein Air Adventure?
Okay so you’re revved up and smitten with the idea of plein air painting! But what do you need to pack for your outing in order to ensure it will be enjoyable?
Here is a list of both personal items and painting gear you will need for your outing:
Hat, sunscreen, fly spray, water bottle, plastic gloves (optional), garbage bags (so you leave the area as clean as you found it), First Aid Kit ( optional), proper attire for time of year.
Snacks /lunch and drinks–I always take a thermos of tea to enjoy after I finish my painting. I even take a real teacup!
Easel of some sort. I used a steel frame easel for many years and it was great. This year I invested in a plein air easel, but it is not necessary.
Paints, Brushes,Mediums and palette : Whatever you work with, watercolors, acrylics, or oils.
Folding Chair or stool–even if you like to stand while painting, it is nice to have something to sit on afterwards or for breaks.
Surfaces to paint on: canvas or linen boards or paper, you might also like to take a sketch pad with pencils/pens/charcoal/eraser. You should keep your painting surfaces small if you would like to complete your study. Anywhere from 9x12in and lower is a good manageable size.
Wipes (wet ones), paper towels or rags, kleenex(optional)
Camera or Video Camera for recording your subject etc.
Last but not least!
An attitude of adventure and fun! Nature has much to offer and will bring you into a wonderful world of discovery. Flexibility in nature is a good trait to employ!
See you in the open air!