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Bruce Newman
05-25-2001, 06:57 PM
I did some sunbathing today up on my favorite hilltop and it occured to me that I would love to paint the view from up there. Tomorrow is supposed to be a great day, sunny and high 70s and I am thinking of going for the day and taking all my stuff.

I wonder how acrylics will work in this situation. I know that Diane, for example, paints en plein air and uses acrylics, but I don't know if she uses acrylics en plein air. Are there special challenges in warm weather? Do I need an umbrella to help prevent drying too quickly?

Any special pointers are greatly appreciated.

Bruce


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LarrySeiler
05-25-2001, 07:49 PM
I've painted a good number of plein airs in acrylic as well Bruce. To tell the truth, I think my current love with oils is simply a result of having painted with acrylics for 17 years.

Acrylics drying fast perhaps account for my now being able to use oils so fast and decisively. One does not have to worry about those spring/summer/fall insects that crash dive and stick into your wet oil surface outdoors with acrylics. My set up is a bit different. I either tape freezer wrap paper shiny side up around a board for a palette...or use styrofoam picnic plates.

If the sun is a problem for your eyes, I'd use an umbrella, but wouldn't bother just for the paint's sake. Truth is...after awhile, you learn to paint so fast that acrylics almost seems not to dry quick enough.

You can actually travel a bit lighter with the acrylics...not needing the mediums and solvents. The only problem might be letting brushes sit around too long with paint on them. Bring water...and biodegradable soap friendly to the environment for cleaning the brushes. Paper towel...and have fun!

-Larry

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Bruce Newman
05-25-2001, 09:59 PM
Great! Just what I needed, Larry. Thanks so much. I appreciated what you said about speed because I am desperately pokey. I want to speed up and loosen up and maybe this is a way to begin the process.

An adventure shaping up for tomorrow for sure!

Bruce


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LDianeJohnson
05-26-2001, 05:09 PM
Ditto Larry.

Speed does not an artist make. But using acrylics tends to make you "look" , "observe" and paint hand-to-eye efficiently thereby making even your in-studio painting more accurate, astonishing, and fun.

Diane

Bruce Newman
05-26-2001, 07:02 PM
Originally posted by Artistry:

Speed does not an artist make. But using acrylics tends to make you "look" , "observe" and paint hand-to-eye efficiently thereby making even your in-studio painting more accurate, astonishing, and fun.


I found that today. At home, I labor away carefully but on my hilltop, I found myself observing and then painting, all pretty rapidly. Maybe this painting won't turn out well, but the experience is wonderful!

Thanks to all.

Bruce


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