|Anitra painting • class plein air painting field trip • photo © 2011 Karen Lynn Ingalls|
- Make quick thumbnail sketches of your composition before you begin
- Bring your camera to take photos – the light will change, and it will give you a record of what the scene looked like
- Wear a hat to provide shade
- Bring a mister bottle to keep your palette from drying out too quickly (if you're using acrylic paints – Open Acrylic paints give you more drying time, and work much better on a hot day)
- In some places, mosquito repellant is advisable
- Don't take too much gear along, especially if you have to carry it a ways from your car
|Jennifer painting • class plein air painting field trip • photo © 2011 Karen Lynn Ingalls|
- Be prepared for wind – you can tape your palette paper down and brace your easel
- Although limiting your gear is good, an old ironing board makes a useful place to put your palette and water, if you are setting up close to your car
- If you don't want people to talk to you, and you're in a busy area, ear plugs and a portable radio/iPod helps – even if you're not listening to it.
- Most plein air painters work very small on location – perhaps 4" x 5", 8" x 10", or 9" x 12". This is because light and weather conditions can change so rapidly - it's easier to get everything down rapidly when you work small. Often, they will use those studies as the basis for larger paintings later.
- You can also return to the same scene at the same time a couple of days in a row, to catch similar light as you work on the same painting.
|Victoria and Jennifer painting • class plein air painting field trip • photo © 2011 Karen Lynn Ingalls|