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Old 08-17-2014, 09:07 AM
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Acrylics and Plein Air Experiment

I painted my first acrylic painting en plein air. When I took it inside I could hardly tell what I painted because it was so dark. I mean really dark. It's so awful I won't post it here. My question to you all is: How do I change my "seeing" outside so this won't happen again? Has anyone ever had this problem? Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 08-17-2014, 09:19 AM
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Re: Acrylics and Plein Air Experiment

Perhaps if it was a very bright sunshiny area you could have used something to shade your canvas such as an umbrella. Squinting your eyes slightly every once in a while may help also. Don't be afraid to post your painting. There's nothing embrassing about wanting to learn, plus we can give more accurate advice.
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Agree with Steveo. We can try to help if we see what is going on.
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Re: Acrylics and Plein Air Experiment

When you paint with bright sunlight on your painting the tendency is to compensate by painting darker, then when the painting is viewed under indoor lighting it appears very dark. This is why artists paint under umbrellas or some other kind of shade. If you don't want to hassle with an umbrella and can't find shade the only thing you can do is position your easel so the painting is facing away from the sun, but even then there will be much stronger light on the painting then when it's indoors. Other than those things all you can do is keep practicing and learn to adjust.

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Re: Acrylics and Plein Air Experiment

Oh! Does that sound familiar! I used to do plein air watercolors each day (just for an hour) - The painting looked so beautiful, sparkling & jewel-like when it was outside at the scene - Then when I looked at it at home - It looked very dark and dull, even sometimes muddy. The bright sunlight does confuse our eyes. So you are not alone.

Yes, if you would like to post your painting, would love to see it. Believe it or not, your experience is common and pretty much everyone has been there, done that.
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Re: Acrylics and Plein Air Experiment

wear dark sunglasses.......you will paint lighter with them on and when you take them off, the painting will be much lighter indoors....
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wear dark sunglasses.......you will paint lighter with them on and when you take them off, the painting will be much lighter indoors....

Those would have to be glasses with a neutral tint then, not those that have a brown or blueish tint!
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Re: Acrylics and Plein Air Experiment

Thanks, everyone. I think I will take all your tips and use them next time I'm painting outside.

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