What to Pack for Plein Air Painting

Whether set up in a field of flowers, a mountain meadow or your own backyard, painting in nature can be a soothing balm for the soul. Like all creative endeavors, it can also be a cause of stress if you aren’t prepared for the experience. Below we share a basic list of materials to help you get the most enjoyment from your outdoor painting experience.

  1. Gather Your Art Materials (Spend time organizing your materials in advance so you don’t have to make the trip back home for a forgotten essential.)
    1. canvas or board: consider what size you want to focus on for a single session painting
    2. paint: watercolor, acrylic, or oil
    3. brushes
    4. palette
    5. container for water (you want something sturdy and squat that won’t tip over easily)
    6. water
    7. rags or paper towels
    8. a sturdy easel or lap board
  2. Prepare for Personal Comfort (Alternative items to nurture your physical being so that you can keep focused on your painting.)
    1. hat, umbrella, or visor to keep the sun out of your eyes
    2. a paint smock or old shirt
    3. blanket or chair if you plan to be seated
    4. wear comfortable shoes if you plan to stand
    5. sunblock depending on the time of day
    6. insect repellent

If you are in the Kansas City area, we invite you to join us for our Summer 2020 Plein Air sessions. We meet Wednesday evenings 6-8 PM at designated group location. For more details visit the EVENT PAGE. 

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