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taxed
05-22-2001, 10:50 PM
I'm having trouble getting a system down for painting outside. I've got a french easel, masonite, canvas ready to go. I use oils.
Inside I've got all available to me...my problem is figuring out how to become portable without much excess. Are there any basic hints, tricks habits to learn that would make this easier?
Anything in the Search? I'm not having luck.
Thanks....taxed

LarrySeiler
05-23-2001, 08:44 AM
I carry my El Greco backpacker model French easel...and one cheap gym bag, a panel on the easel. In my van, I keep an army/navy surplus ammo metal box for wet panels, and new ones.

I paint generally smaller plein airs, 6"x 9" and 12" x 16" sizes. In my bag, I carry a roll of paper towels, extra pigments, wax, turps...odds and ends.

You can check out my set up and system in any number of "how-to" painting demos I have here at Wetcanvas.

Larry

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"Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do!" Edgar Degas

taxed
05-23-2001, 01:33 PM
Thanks!...I'd heading for your site right now...!
taxed

blondheim12
05-23-2001, 04:02 PM
Hi Taxed,
I use two tupperware boxes with built in handles on the top. One for brushes, medium/brushcleaner in small jars, and brushes, small masonite panels. The other for paints and a roll of paper towels. My easel, a hat/sunscreen and a stretched canvas.
I keep water , cheese crackers ,a roll of duct tape and a couple of c clamps in a cloth backpack too. That's all I need and of course, my cell phone.
Linda

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www.lindablondheim.com (http://www.lindablondheim.com)

taxed
05-23-2001, 08:14 PM
Ah, Linda....
thank-you too....
I am brand new to this, and any sort of helpful guidance seems to go in real easy...
The other part of this is going to be much practice, right?
You guys will probably hear more from me...successes or troubles....I'm not know for my ability to be quiet about arting ups or downs.
Right now, this all seems lot a lot to choreograph...
& I'm extremely self conscious about arting in public.
I'll keep you posted.
Taxed

blondheim12
05-23-2001, 09:59 PM
Dear Taxed,
You will have a swell time painting and after a time or two you'll be hooked. Remember it's all about having fun, not whether you are any good or not!!!!!!!
Linda

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LDianeJohnson
05-24-2001, 09:54 AM
Taxed,

Here ar a few conversations in the forums discussing plein air setups & plein air painting tips:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/Forum24/HTML/000031.html
http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/Forum24/HTML/000048.html
http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/Forum24/HTML/000055.html
http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/Forum3/HTML/000333.html
http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/Forum3/HTML/000363.html
http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/Forum3/HTML/000071.html

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L. Diane Johnson (http://www.LDianeJohnson.com/) NAPA, PSA
2001/2002 Plein Air Workshops (http://www.LDianeJohnson.com/workshops/)

taxed
05-24-2001, 02:23 PM
Geez...I guess my search capabilities need some sharpening up...of those 6 I only found 2! & those funny little boxes! My "art box" for oil pastels is really an old hard briefcase, the top is my work surface. It's worked well for years.
It's this painting thing though that has me in knots. For me it's WAY different.
Ah, I suppose I needed a new battle...keeps the brain charging.
Well...you've given me much reading and links to look into...
Homework!
Thank-you, very much!
taxed

LDianeJohnson
05-24-2001, 05:53 PM
Taxed,

Glad the links will help. I just did a search under "plein air"...

The briefcase setup sounds great.

I hope you won't get too wrapped in "knots" about the paint. It can be tenuous at times, but try to have fun with your discoveries and look at it all as an "adventure". And we'll be around to help you along the way http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Diane

LarrySeiler
05-24-2001, 06:09 PM
And we'll be around to help you along the way

....and this is so true...and so cool!

If I can encourage you...don't judge your future and potential from any one work, or the process for one or two experiences. As Linda said, have fun!!! Everything else will fall into place! Once you are hooked, and you will be...its just a matter of time and you'll be a resource for others to come to! No kidding! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif

Larry

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The "Artsmentor"
http://www.artsmentor.org

"Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do!" Edgar Degas

Niol
05-24-2001, 06:20 PM
BucketBoss is an organizer best viewed and described at http://www.bucketboss.com/category.html?category=1 that is the most effective means I have yet found for transporting supplies needed for painting outside. It is very compact, holds many things, all visibly, is lightweight and easy to carry. I choose a place to paint where I can park and paint from the car, either within, or without using the trunk open or closed which eliminates the need for an easel. If the canvas is small I can work sitting on the bumper. The trunk holds everything easily and the BucketBoss outdoes by far the tackle boxes, boxes, drawers I formerly used.

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NJH

Niol
05-24-2001, 06:31 PM
Forgot to mention--BucketBoss very inexpensive--my version $10 from Menards should you be in Madison. 97 cents for the WalMart pail.

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NJH

Julia
05-24-2001, 08:11 PM
Usually I go out only with an easel and a small box of supplies, including oils, palette knives and a cloth (to wipe the knives). Brushes are messy. You should clean them all the time, add up a bottle of turpentine... You are supposed to have a folding chair to sit. So, I guess that's enough. Recently I've been painting right in the car, as it was raining heavily. So I think it's also possible.
Julia
http://julia.artistnation.com

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Julia