En plein air painting tips

Once you’re ready to give plein air painting a try, what do you need to get started? First of all, understand that any medium you use in the studio can be brought into the outdoors. That includes digital, pastel, acrylic… you name it. 

Painting outside is like camping: it requires some advance preparation. In the studio, everything you need is within arm’s reach. But once outside, it’s amazing how often you realise you’ve forgotten some trifling item that brings your expedition to a screeching halt. My most common plein air screw-up is forgetting to bring a plastic grocery bag to put my dirty rags in. I can’t count the times I’ve been caught with nowhere to put my first handful of oily paper towels.

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Christopher Moeller is a writer and painter who specialises in producing fully painted graphic novels.