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.
- 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.)
- canvas or board: consider what size you want to focus on for a single session painting
- paint: watercolor, acrylic, or oil
- container for water (you want something sturdy and squat that won’t tip over easily)
- rags or paper towels
- a sturdy easel or lap board
- Prepare for Personal Comfort (Alternative items to nurture your physical being so that you can keep focused on your painting.)
- hat, umbrella, or visor to keep the sun out of your eyes
- a paint smock or old shirt
- blanket or chair if you plan to be seated
- wear comfortable shoes if you plan to stand
- sunblock depending on the time of day
- 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.