- I had my sun screen (number one recommendation from a friend!)
- I made sure that I knew where I was going and what it would be like when I got there. Things like drinking water and restrooms are important to me...
- I wore comfortable clothes that I could splash paint on and not regret the mess later. (a good thing!)
- I didn't take an easel or a camp stool, but I often work on my lap and I knew that there would be something I could sit on when I got there.
- I took my camera with me so that I could take some reference shots in case I needed to finish up my painting later (which I do need to do!) You never know - you might also miss a great shot for another painting that you could do at home, too! (and I did get some great shots for future paintings!)
- I didn't expect to do a large painting - I know that lighting changes quickly outside.
- I had an adequate container for my supplies that was easy to carry and still left me with one hand free.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Plein Aire Painting - Or - Why I am a Studio Painter...
Don't get me wrong - I love the idea of plein aire painting! Taking your paints outside, painting the landscape in natural light, feeling the breeze and warmth that you are trying to convey with paint... and I have seen some incredible plein aire paintings, too. Beautiful!