Longer days, warmer weather: time to take it outside!
Grab your field easel and rediscover the joys of painting alfresco. Pack up your brushes and pull out your summer colours to brighten up your palette if it’s looking dull. Bask in the sunlight and get a fresh perspective as you admire nature’s rebirth. Your creativity will blossom anew.
Technique of choice
Opt for minimal supplies you can transport easily. Dry mediums (charcoal, graphite, coloured pencils, etc.) can travel anywhere. Watercolours in pans allow you to be spontaneous when painting outside. And while oils don’t care about the weather, they won’t be dry when you’re ready to head home. Don’t forget your watercolour paper!
It’s in the bag!
Part of the attraction of alfresco painting is catching the light’s ephemeral qualities. Speed up the setup of your makeshift studio by scoping out possible locations ahead of time. Then, find a sturdy bag to transport your palette, paint tubes, paintbrush case and a few painting knives, and head outside to your perfect spot!
What to bring
- A practical and lightweight easel that’s easy to transport
- Oils, acrylics and/or watercolours
- Small containers along with paint thinner and some water to clean your brushes
- Drawing board clips
- A camera
- Wide-open eyes!
Tips for success
Tips and tricks from our artists to help you succeed at outdoor painting, no mater the weather.