Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Painting Outside Has Its Challenges

One of the many challenges of painting outside is protecting yourself from the elements. I wear an old pair of blue jeans, some comfortable shoes, NOT sandals, and an old paint shirt. The clothes should not be too bright. You can get reflected light from your clothing onto your painting surface. This will interfere with your color choices. I like to layer my shirts. Sometimes I wear a t-shirt under my painting shirt and sometimes a tank top, depending on the weather. I also carry a spare long sleeve shirt and jacket in my car.

I have a favorite straw hat to protect my head from the sun. It has a fold down brim I use when it gets really hot! I carry a spare hat in my car as well. I also pack bug repellant and sun screen!

I have not found an art umbrella I like yet. This will be the next addition to my set up. I am looking for one with vents, not a problem but how to attach it or support it is the challenge. If all else fails I can always use the tailgate of my "Art Mobil".

Friday, May 17, 2013

Simple but Effective

I use an inexpensive black foam core panel to set up my painting surface. I then mask the painting area I want to work on with black masking tape. In this example the painting surface is about 10 x 14. The paper is cut to 16 x 20 so it will fit a standard size frame with a 3 inch mat.

The black surface and masking tape give me a dark value to reference as I work. I now have a light value, my paper, and a dark value to help guide me.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Colored Pencils En Plain Air

I first started out using a plain set up of folding chair and drawing board on my lap. Or a nearby bench.

my early years painting outdoors

I have experimented since those simple beginnings with many different set ups. I've settled on a homemade concoction that seems to suit my needs better than anything commercially manufactured. 

My packed set up

It consists of an old metal tripod with some boards attached. One for a table type surface to hold my supplies, the another supports my work. I still carry a small folding chair. My pencils and supplies are transported in a bag designed originally for carrying tools. One of the hardest thing to overcome when working outdoors is the weather conditions. I pack an extra coat, umbrella, sunscreen and several hats.

My backpack with really cushy straps

I invested in a good backpack with padded straps and lots of storage compartments. By the way the water bottle is for my paints not me. My water is packed in my lunch box and usually left in my car.   

All ready to paint!
My set up is easy to assemble and fits my needs quite nicely. Velcro is my best plein air painting helper!!!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Albany Public Library

 "Flavor of Rhubarb"

30 of my paintings are now on display on the second floor of the Albany Public Library. The show will be up thru the end of April. If you are in or around Albany Oregon, stop in and have a look. I would love to have you visit! 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Take Your Pencils En Plein Air!

I just received my copy of the "To The Point" news magazine of the Colored Pencil Society of America. My article about plein air painting is in it! Here is a picture.... sorry, you have to be a member to get the magazine :(

Keep an eye on this blog and I'll post detailed step by step information about how I work with colored pencils en plein air!!!