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Silent Jaguar
03-10-2011, 01:33 PM
Howdy fellow plein air painters.... I've got long days of outdoor paint and show and I need your suggestions on how to survive. All tips are welcome! Basically, from like 7:30 a.m. until about 6 p.m. I'm going to be demonstrating and painting outdoors.

I do have a jacket, boots, water vessel, French easel, umbrella, but not sure what else to bring.

The weather is usually rainy here. How do you all stay out for so long? What equipment do you bring? What non-spoiling food items do you bring?

It seems like it is day camping with paintings.

Thank you for your time!

03-10-2011, 10:40 PM
Get a panel carrier for one if your doing oils. You'll need it. I made one out of styrofoam 3/4 thick super glued with nails for dividers. Use panels instead of stretched canvas, uless you don't mind hauling them around. Bring an umbrella, raincoat, rags for oils, no paper towels(get wet, ruined). Maybe two turp cans that are sealable, one for half a day the other for the next. A small headlamp if your painting after sunset, ease of cleanup etc. Sunscreen, hat maybe, coat for cold weather. Maybe some extra brushes just in case one goes down the river and over the falls. Back Pack, everything should fit into one, including tripod. Extra white paint and make sure you have enough of your other paints at least half full, you should know how much you use. Use rags not paper towels. Clear bag for your clean rags, yellow bag for your dirties. The most I've done is 5 6x8 panels in one day and I was exhausted. Might want to bring a chair to sit down once in a while. Birng ziplock bag for cell phone. Water, snacks, etc. like tunafish pack, energy bars, and a good attitude. :) Do post some pics and let me know how it went??


03-11-2011, 02:47 PM
Even if it's overcast, I can't tell you the importance of sunscreen!!! Apply it often! (coming from fair haired person who had skin cancer!). Agree with Kirby in all other items. I like to bring fruit too..either in cups or the regular pieces of fruit. Pack a little bag separate from your oil stuff. A hat with a brim is nice for both sunlight and rain. Those boonie hats--you can crunch up and put in your pocket.

Good luck, have fun! Post pictures!!


03-12-2011, 09:20 AM
Bring extra turps and jars so you can change out the dirty for clean.

03-12-2011, 09:32 AM
From my limited experience pleinair, Bring Mosquito repellant and use it! If you stay in any place without moving, all the bug and mosquitoes in the world will find you! I was literally disfigured, and bitten EVERYWHERE including through clothing!

Silent Jaguar
03-12-2011, 10:39 PM
That was h e double hockey stick! Discouraged but not enough to hang up my brushes. I have to go again tomorrow.

03-13-2011, 09:37 PM
Ok, here's my checklist.. Note that the easel goes in the pack and there is some duplication.
BTW, I have printed this out and checklist copy attaches to PA Pack in one of those baggage ID tags. Well-packed (I'm back to using the very limited SolTek Pack) and NOT as heavy as it appears, one does have to constantly monitor! Also, I do not always carry paint tubes, instead utilize two small 7-day plastic vitamin thingies from $.99 stores.

PA Pack:
Water, Hat, Sunscreen
Paper Towels & Trash Bag
Vest or Long-Sleeve Shirt
Baby Wipes & Hand Cleaner
Canvas Boards
Brush & Paint Packs
Draw Pencil & Pad
Ipod & Batteries, Tide Chart
PA Book (Frank Serrano)
Sunglasses, Viewer
Energy Bar
Mini-Pod Pole

SolTek Easel:
Paint Palette/Cups
Ruler & Pen
Pencil & Eraser
Turp & Oil/Cups
Brushes & Knives
SolTek Clip & Tool
Bees Wax & Clove Oil
Extra Paint Cups
Tide Chart
Extendable Mahl Stick

03-14-2011, 11:03 AM
I would add some masking tape, spring clips, a bungee cord with hooks and a bunch of your business cards.
Have fun, Dave

Silent Jaguar
03-14-2011, 04:55 PM
Thank you all for your help!

03-16-2011, 02:46 PM
Don't forget to give yourself "stretch" breaks!

Silent Jaguar
03-16-2011, 03:46 PM
Another vendor ran into my area (I didn't have an actual booth but rather an easel set up). I'm like "what's with you??" He said "I have major booth fever and had to get out!!"

03-16-2011, 03:48 PM
post pictures? :D

03-16-2011, 05:03 PM
post pictures?



Plentypull = tissue-papers
Fotostatief = Tripod (digital)
OpenboxM = OpenboxM
Oude verflap = Cloths
Terpentineflessen = Turp Containers
Wet panel carrier = Wet panel carrier
Penselenkoker = Brush-tube
Olieverfblik = Oils-container
Accesoires tas = Acc. pouch.


In my acc. pouch.
Haringen/touwtjes = Ground-pins and some strings
Pen = pen
Bevest. beugel digicamera = Attachment for my digital cam. to pochade
Verzwaringszeiltje statief = Bag to fix to my tripod for putting weight in it.
Houtskool en mesje = charcoal and knife
Handcremé = Handcremé (barrier creme)
Res. Batterijen = Spare batteries
Kompas = kompas
Viewfinder = view finder
Nagelknipper = nail-clipper
Ophanghaak = Hook
Fietslampjes = bike-torches
Meetlint = measuring tape
Zaklamp = Torch
Kolsjaaltje = scarf

Brush tube.

Turp containers
(one for clean and one for dirty turp.)

Oils container (with limited palette)

Wet panel carrier.

Silent Jaguar
03-16-2011, 05:40 PM
This is a display from an art show I did. I thought it was genius; others not so much. 'Cest la vie.

Silent Jaguar
03-16-2011, 05:42 PM
Rene- awesome photos!

Silent Jaguar
03-16-2011, 06:03 PM
What I ended up taking for my excursions were the following:

Art Comber - this is a large bag that holds everything that has wheels and a chair
iPhone has the compass, navigation tools, camera, portfolio, etc.
French easel
Canvas then turn the painting around on the easel for the canvas holder
Umbrella that attaches to the easel
Water vessel
Palette knives
Medium holder
Pencil, charcoal, erasers
Business cards
Layers of clothing and hat, all terrain shoes
Purse with food (banana, granola and chicken can w/crackers)

03-16-2011, 07:30 PM
Great pictures! I like your display. :)