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Plein Air Painting Advice from the Liquitex Artist Panel

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We gathered some of the world’s most talented acrylic artists to form the Liquitex Artists’ Panel, a collective of contemporary creatives who share their top tips and answer the burning questions of our loyal fans. In the past, the Panel has spoken about the best ways to promote your art online and their boundary-pushing intermixability tips .


This time, we asked the Panel what they do when they head outdoors to paint. Just in time to make the most of summer weather, we’ve cherry-picked seven of the Panel’s tips about painting en plein air.


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Michele Del Campo

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"After every trip, make a list of what you used, what you didn’t use and what you wish you’d brought. Over time, you’ll be able to make your personal hotlist of paints, products and tools."

 

Cynthia Poole

 

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"Although I’m tempted to take my entire studio with me sometimes, I limit what I take. When I’m using public transport, I make sure everything is portable and minimal. If space is compromised, materials like Paint Markers are handy. You won’t need the brushes, paint tubes and heavy containers of water for them!"

 

Lisa Lachri Clough

"Expect wind! This is something that people don't think too much about until their easel, palette and everything else is blowing away. It’s so easy to get caught up in our work that we forget how long we've been in the sun, so pack sunblock."

 

Hannah Adamaszek

 

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"Because of transport or just the limitations of the location itself, you may need to alter the scale of your artwork. If it looks like you’ll need to work on a smaller canvas, experiment in your studio beforehand."

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Will Bentham

 

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"It can be difficult to close yourself off from your surroundings and hone in on your subject when working outside, but in order to do your best work, you need to forget about where you are and who might be watching, and just dive into it. Everyone has their own techniques; listening to music really helps some artists when they’re working outdoors."

 

Kristin Gaudio Endsley

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"For me, working outside often means networking at the same time, as it’s often at a live painting event. It’s so different to working in your own studio, so remember to bring business cards if you have them, and account for the extra time you’ll take chatting to people about your work. Oh, and come prepared for the weather!"

 

Mike O’Loughlin

Always search for a location that excites you. When you have it, work quickly and don’t worry about small details. Capture the essence of the environment you are in by taking lots of photographs.

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August 05, 2015 < Back To News

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