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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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Passerby Catches Me Painting En Plein Air

I found a picture of me on Google by user viixiivartcollective painting the 5th Street farmers market for the Los Angeles Plein Air Festival April 15th. Thanks! I didn’t get any good “in action” photos from the market.

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Painting at the Burbank Arts Festival

Thank you to the Burbank Cultural Arts Commission! They asked members of the Burbank Art Association to volunteer to do live painting demonstrations at their booth at the Burbank Art Festival April 14 & 15th.

The booth was very colorful. I painted the view up Palm St.Painting at Burbank Arts Festival

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Art Exhibition

Thank you to Raw Materials Art Supplies for hosting the Los Angeles Plein Art Festival, it was great to see my work hanging with such great artists!

Acrylic painting gallery exhibition Los Angeles Plein Air Festival
My works for the Los Angeles Plein Air Festival Exhibition
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Plein Air Exhibition April 12th

Come see the exhibition of art from the Los Angeles Plein Air Festival!

April 12th

5pm-9pm Exhibition of all completed art eligible for sale and competition at Farmers & Merchants Bank, 401 S. Main Street, Los Angeles 90013.

5pm-7pm The public is invited to vote for their favorite painting to select an “Audience Choice” winner. Voting closes at 7:00pm.

7:30pm Award Reception – Join us as we recognize the outstanding paintings in various categories and award the winning prizes, including the Audience Choice Winner and the Grand Prize Winner.

Lanyard given to Los Angeles Plein Air Festival
I felt so proud to be a part of the Festival.