Three Tips For Plein Air Painters

I’ve painted at least a hundred paintings outside in front of my subject (en plein air) from marshes to hillsides to sidewalks. Here are three tips I’d like to share:

1. Be prepared for any weather. I always carry a long-sleeved shirt in case it gets cold. I also carry two hats, one lighter to block the sun and the other is heavier with neck coverage.

2. Be prepared to improvise. I always carry a pocket knife for times I need to make a pallette from cardboard or cut a plastic bottle in half to use for paint water.

3. Bring a folding chair. The best places to paint don’t always have seating. Sometimes I’ll stand and put my supplies in the chair.

Painter Oscar Will painting en plein air at Greystone Manor

Painting at Greystone Manor. I use an old tackle box to hold my paints.

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