Sunday, August 9, 2009

3.5 hr Plein Air

Went to Playa Del Rey to do a little plein air painting.

Tips would be great! What do you guys usually bring when you go out? Do you bring a medium? Whats a good surface for quick sketches?

4 comments:

Jeremy Elder said...

Here's a post that a fellow artist just wrote about outdoor materials: http://sadievaleri.blogspot.com/2009/08/outdoor-art-materials.html

Tom said...

Kendra, I use to teach outdoor painting. For the oil or acrylic painter, there is no right or wrong materials.. just depends on your preference. Most out door painters go for practicality.. compact equipment, easy to transport, and when painting, use an economy of paint strokes.. say more with as few strokes as possible. I block in the darks first, since they represent the shadows that will change rapidly. Then I rapidly lay down just approximate color notes in the mid and light values, before the color changes. That will give me a solid foundation to build on, and I don't have to try and remember shadows, sunlight and colors later in the day. I use 1/8" birch panels that I get from a lumber yard, and have them cut it up into 11"x14", 12"x16", 14"x18' and 16"x20". I cover them with Gesso leaving brush strokes for texture, and then stain the surface, usually with a Raw Sienna and Viridian Green. I use a mix of 5 part turpentine or paint thinner, and one part refined linseed oil or stand oil. I use hogs hair bristle (flats) brushes, which holds large loads of paint. I paint thin darks and thick light tones, and I push my colors so they remain colorful when hanging indoors.

Happy painting,
Tom Watson

Kendra Melton said...

Ooo thanks so much! that was very helpful!

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Wonderful illustration - I love the moodiness of this piece.