I enjoy painting outdoors with a group I joined a few years ago. The Plein Aire Painters of Central New York meet about once a week during the summer months at locations having great views or subject matter to paint. Beside painting, it is a wonderful experience to meet up with other artists. We talk about what we are working on in the studio, discuss painting technique and materials. Since joining the group I have realized that leaving the routine of my studio has freed me up to experiment with my painting techniques, forcing myself (in a good way) to step outside of my own box. Link to images in the field.
Packing for Plein Aire painting
- collect your materials with a plan of the media you will use
- bring everything with you – easel, water for brushes, paint in easy-to-transport containers, palette, brushes, palette knives, other tools, rags for cleaning brushes, etc, tote bag or portfolio for storing work
- Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly
- layered clothing that is easy to move in
- Bring a hat for shade
- folding chair for taking a break or setting your supplies on for easy reach
- snacks & water
Make sure you have a plan to carry everything with you, sometimes you end up walking a distance from a parking area.