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Reply #15 on: July 15, 2017, 04:18:06 PM
 :thankyou:  TERESA, VAL, & PATRICIA for your kind comments!


     VAL, I think you could be right about 'an excellent way to break into plein air painting' with small pieces of art like these trees.  I once did a pencil sketch of a little church early one morning around 8:30.  It started getting hot in half an hour or so and I didn't have my hat with me that time.  I was standing on the sidewalk across the street to get a good view and perspiration began running down my face!  I don't have any plein air equipment like an easel, but mostly lack confidence doing art out 'in public'. ~Liz


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Reply #16 on: July 15, 2017, 10:00:55 PM
What great idea Liz! Lovely series!
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Reply #17 on: July 16, 2017, 06:18:04 AM
Liz I understand perfectly. When I first started doing little sketches en plein air, I used to tuck myself away to try and be unobtrusive, if not invisible!
The first time i actually went to a very public place, was too visit Quirigua (Mayan site in Guatemala), baptism by fire sort of thing! The crowds!!!  :faint:   After trying unsuccessfully for a couple of hours to string together 5 min., I finally gave in.  :help: So now I use the available scenery from the stern of the boat, or go bob about in the dinghy. I ofttimes can spend hours at a time without being bothered by people passing judgement, or querying... what is that, why did you, how did you..... on and on.  :crazy2:

So I find it easier to try small quick sketches and paintings.
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Reply #18 on: July 16, 2017, 06:17:31 PM
VAL, do you know if there's any info about plein air on PB?  It seems that most of us use reference photos which I actually prefer at this point.  I've heard some say that plein air is to start and finish a painting on location, but without even trying it sounds challenging.  Small sketches and color studies like my trees may be doable though. ~Liz


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Reply #19 on: July 17, 2017, 04:13:33 AM
The info is mainly scattered about in comments. To my knowledge, unless there is a lesson in a medium I don't normally delve into, there is no actual lesson regarding en plein air painting. If someone else is aware perhaps they could pipe in.

If you search en plein air painting there is a plethora of information, with as many ideas about what you need. I have read so many it makes my head spin! I take note of all the advice that applies directly to the medium I'm interested in, then make my own preferred kit and away I go. So far I've only used w/c and or graphite. Both are relatively easy since i have my pencil box (rectangle ice cream container) always loaded, and my w/c paintbox only requires me to bring along my collapsible water pot, a few brushes, and rather than paper towels I use an old tea towel. Plus of course my choice of ground.

Some of my efforts have been as small as 3.5 - 4" square. These are usually singular subjects, a tree or structure, and experiments such as the waterlilies. I keep them all for reference and note on the back how it was done and what materials and methods were used.

All in all it is very satisfying to me, and a most enjoyable way to spend some time communing with nature. I find it really helps me to look to see shapes, colour, and shadings. PLUS, believe it or not...work quicker!  :2funny:
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Reply #20 on: July 17, 2017, 04:07:26 PM
 :cheering: VAL!  I got so many good ideas from you!  I can see how I might be able to try these little paintings outdoors.  I started picturing in my mind what I could gather like a little organizer box to hold acrylic paints, small plastic pill bottle for water, old wash cloth, etc.; use the lid of the box for a palette. . .This is what I can do: paint on one side of a small sketch pad and it will dry pretty fast; then paint the page on the other side; let it dry; close up the pad and go home happy.  How's that?!  Thanks again for your encouraging words! ~Liz


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Reply #21 on: July 18, 2017, 12:41:19 AM
 :yippee:   That's the ticket Liz! Once you start you'll quickly fall in love with en plain air. I have a few that I hope to turn into full size paintings, just need to replenish my paper supply.  :painting:
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Reply #22 on: July 19, 2017, 11:10:12 AM
Liz was having trouble posting these, so I came to her rescue.  Here is a DIY pochade box for plein air from a cookie gift box; a pill container can fit in nicely with space in the box that serves as a palette or small stay wet plastic tray for acrylic work.




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Reply #23 on: July 19, 2017, 01:15:44 PM
This is perfect Liz! I'm scrounging a couple of cigar boxes. Just need to find the right size and I plan on turning it into a pochade box for my pastels! There are some beautiful wood boxes about, guess it helps being this close to Cuba!  ;D   

Thank you Mea, I'm a bit sleep deprived otherwise I'd have had Liz send them to me. Not thinking straight.  :crazy2:

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Reply #24 on: July 19, 2017, 04:12:58 PM
 :thankyou: :thankyou: MaryAnne!!!  I hope I won't have future problems posting photos!!! 


VAL,  I know someone who made a pochade box from a cigar box that has served him well all year round, especially to capture fall and winter scenes.  He sets it up on a tripod and does many small sketches which he files away.  But if he really likes something he paints it on a big canvas in his home studio.  Yes, a Cuban cigar box would be nice...
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Reply #25 on: July 19, 2017, 11:37:35 PM
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Reply #26 on: July 20, 2017, 09:34:46 AM
These are two "micro" mini paintings done while splashing about. The first is about 3" square, and the lilies is about 3 3/4". Next venture out will be 5x7 or 6x8 in pastels....if the rain ever lets up!

Cheers, Val

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Reply #27 on: July 20, 2017, 11:45:49 AM
So cute, Val.  I love tiny paintings.

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Reply #28 on: July 20, 2017, 03:18:35 PM
 :flowers: :flowers: :flowers:  VAL, Thanks for sharing; I think I will like mini paintings!  I have a small square water bottle and tiny mister that can be attached to the side of the Pochade box and removed.  Double faced velcro will do the trick.  And my paint apron has two large pockets or I can pin my small towel to my pants.   :2funny:  This is funny because I'm thinking of a recently retired friend who is gathering everything he needs to start learning how to draw and paint.  I told him to get his butt going because it's nearly a year now and he's still buying his supplies!   :tongue:  -Liz
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Reply #29 on: July 20, 2017, 03:24:40 PM
Val, I love your mini paintings.  I have just done the July challenge on 5" x 5.5"  and it is amazing how much less time it takes to complete than bigger sheets. I love the time saving.


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