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Old 04-15-2012, 12:23 PM
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first attempt at plein air

Made an attempt at this yesterday with some simple tulips and it is a challenge for sure with clouds passing in front of the sun, ants gathering around the oil paints, wind, flying insects, etc.
Questions: Is it a good idea to have a pre-toned canvas before heading outside or is it standard procedure just to paint right onto the white canvas? Sketch it out in pencil first, or is true plein air painting done strickly with brushes?

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Old 04-15-2012, 09:22 PM
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Re: first attempt at plein air

Plein air is, for me, simply going outside and painting what's in front of you, less the bugs, rain, dust, rampant dogs attempting to upset your easel... On toned canvas or not, sketched in paint or pencil. Oil, pastel, watercolor if you dare.
Just get out there!
PS - I like your flowers, particularly as a first try. A little of the background might add to it...
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:26 AM
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Re: first attempt at plein air

Great first effort Kevin, best of luck with the next and i hope theres alot of next for you for it is a thrill out there, thanks greg
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Re: first attempt at plein air

Hi, Kevin ~ Good on you for getting out there; it ain't easy ! I think you'll hear many suggestions but in the end you'll learn mostly from experience. I seldom begin on a white ground but many prefer that. I prepare most panels or canvas ahead of time by priming with gesso colored with acrylic paint stirred into it. I use mostly warm-colored grounds; pinks, lighter reds, yellows. A painting will often be unified by leaving just a bit of the colored ground showing through in places. Try everything and have fun doing it.
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:27 AM
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Re: first attempt at plein air

This is very good, first attempt or otherwise. If you're like me once you get used to painting outdoors it will become difficult to find the motivation to paint in the studio. There's just something special about actually being there in the moment while painting. As for methodology you'll find as many as there are artists and you'll find what works best for you with experience. I paint on white panels and start my painting with a thin wash, (thinned using Gamsol) using a mixture of burnt sienna and ultramarine blue which gives me a near-black that I can adjust to lean either cool or warm. Then I use a paper towel to wipe out my light areas and then go in with a thicker mixture of the burnt sienna and ultramarine mix to lay in the darks. I'll sometimes do a little drawing with the brush and that mixture first if I feel it's needed but I try to avoid that since it can be hard to cover with light paint, instead I try to lay-in the basic shapes using the actual colors I will be using in the painting.

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