PLEIN AIR TOOLS
PLEIN AIR UMBRELLAIt’s not recommended to paint under the scorching hot son. The umbrella can be attached to the easel. Placing the umbrella in the shade will also work, as well as turning the easel so that the sun is behind the canvas. Alternatively, a golf umbrella can be used.
ART SUPPLY CARRIERA box, suitcase or backpack on wheels for carrying supplies.
For strong painters, many of the supplies can be carried in a backpack. Others may find a small grocery cart will work for carrying supplies.
PORTABLE EASELA french easel contains a sketch-box, an easel, and a canvas carrier in a smaller package. The sketch-box holds paint supplies and a palette, and the legs and canvas arm collapse for ease of travel.
CARRIER FOR WET PAINTINGS"Art Cocoons" carriers for wet paintings are available at our shop at cost price, in the sizes: 8 x 10", 9 x 12", 11 x 14".
MISCELLANEOUSBug spray, sunscreen, full brim hat, trash bag for paper towels and rags, water for drinking.
STRETCHED CANVASES/PANELSFor painting, stretched canvas can be used but will need a cardboard backing to prevent the sun from shining through. Panels are usually cotton or canvas glued to board or some stiff backing.
PAINTMost plein air artists are oil painters but there are many fine watercolorists, pastelists and acrylic painters who do plein air paintings.
Hence, oils, acrylic, watercolors and pastels are all fine, but keep in mind that water based oils dry more slowly than traditional oils.
Oil painters and acrylic painters should bring a a limited palette which will include a light and medium yellow, pure red and a bluish red such as alizarin crimson or magenta, ultramarine blue and cerulean blue. Titaniu
TURPENTINE/MINERAL SPIRITSA container or glass jar with secure(!) lid for the turpentine or mineral spirits (not paint thinner which is usually acetone). Please do not travel with these; we sell these at our shop during the festival where you can purchase some up on arrival. Also a small container for keeping uncovered mineral spirits handy for dipping the brush. Need not have a lid.
PAINT BRUSHESA selection of natural bristle brushes including filberts, flats, brights and sables (brushes can also be synthetic if they are stiff (e.g. the Princeton synthetics). Water-colorists, bring what you are accustomed to using.