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04-19-2002, 03:06 PM
Im just starting to paint with oils and I find it so intimidating to go in plein aire, IŽd like some advice from all you experts out there!
please! any tips and advice will be great as far as oil painting....
04-19-2002, 04:48 PM
Great thread, Karin..
Just joined myself and I'd like to help as many people as possible.
The main thing to remember when you're out there is relax and have fun with it! I've done a little out door work (my main area is painting people - inside!) and thoroughly ejoyed the experience; close to nature, etc, etc. My advice to you for what it's worth is to be well prepared. Think of all eventualities. Things to take, as well as your easel and all your painting stuff:
spare canvas - you might just spot another angle or totally different view and jsut want to go-for-it.
food and water - you're there for the long haul I presume! So don't get dehydrated; water's best.
sun hat & sun cream - careful of that sun
fold away chair - aahhhhh blissss.
extra clothing - it can get mighty chilly (esp. where I'm from) as well as hot.
These are just some of the things that spring to mind. I hope you'll get a lot more replies to this brilliant thread.
All the best and power to your painting elbow!
04-23-2002, 06:30 PM
Best thing I can suggest is that you do a search...there are tons of answers in a lot of threads, both on how to begin painting with oils and the whys, whats and hows of outdoor painting. The advice is often very, very good.
04-23-2002, 06:37 PM
There is a Plein Air forum here as well .. you may find all you need there and this question could be posted there as well.
04-23-2002, 08:25 PM
Yes, Wayne is right. We do have an entire forum dedicated to plein air. I'll be moving this thread there.
04-23-2002, 08:55 PM
There has been extensive discussion on plein air painting and tips on Wet Canvas. Best to do a search on oil painting and plein air painting.
04-24-2002, 09:47 PM
look at the "Content Channel" here on your Wetcanvas page, check out the demo's/instructionals by artist/teachers here at Wetcanvas in both the "Landscape" and the "Plein Air" subject areas.
Get some basic feel for a simple order...then, the bottom line is you've got to get out there and try it. I like to say that it takes doing about 120 bad paintings to learn something about painting.
Everyone is intimidated and overwhelmed at first. That's normal. Just don't give in to your fears. You never fail until you quit trying.
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