*All locations will have restrooms and a parking lot reasonably close to the scenic areas.
What you'll need:
• An easel. There are many varieties of easel at different price ranges. Note that there are few sitting areas in plein air locations; you will either stand at your easel or you'll need to bring a chair. Just make sure you can carry whatever you bring.
|These cost about $20.
Not a good long-term solution,
but it will work in a pinch.
|A French easel, designed for plein air. |
Very portable and lightweight;
priced between $80 and $400.
|My easel / paintbox.
Ask for details if interested.
• A paintbox or palette, it it's not built in to your easel. You can also use the disposable palette pads.
• Paint. These are the paints I use. You don't have to use exactly what I use, but make sure you've got the primary colors plus white. Note that I paint in oils. You can use acrylics if you prefer, because the principles of painting are the same. However, I can't offer much guidance for paint-specific issues with acrylic.
• Brushes and palette knives. My favorite brush is Silver Bristlon flat, in sizes #2 and #6. You might also want a liner brush for fine work.
• Medium such as mineral spirits, if you use it. I use Liquin, a fast-drying medium. Make sure they are in plastic or metal containers; most parks don't allow glass.
• Either turpentine or vegetable oil for cleaning your brushes. No glass containers.
• A roll of paper towels.
• Two small canvases or panels. I usually paint on a 6"x8" board for plein air. I don't recommend going bigger than 9"x12". I tone them ahead of time with an acrylic wash of yellow ochre or cadmium orange.
• Canvas/panel holders for transporting your wet painting home. This is what I use. You can also just put a box in the backseat or trunk of your car.
• Several small clips—clothespins and/or pony clips.
• A hat, sunscreen, bug spray, and drinking water. Make sure you stay hydrated!
A chair, if you wish to sit.
A painter's umbrella.
Roll of masking tape.
A bungee cord for hanging the paper towels.
A work table, such as a TV tray. I put all my stuff on the ground, on an old towel.