|'By the Sea' 5x7 Plein air pastel ©Karen Margulis|
purchase painting here $50
I have been doing a lot of reflecting since I returned from Iceland. I am grateful for the luxury of time which has enabled me to paint and write my Iceland travelog. So often when I return home after a trip I go immediately back to work. The memories of the trip get pushed aside. This time I made sure I would have some downtime after my trip. I have shared about half of my story so far. I hope to put in in book form and include my narrative, photos, paintings and travel tips for artists. Over the next week I will share the rest of the story.
Today I wanted to share a plein air tip since I know we are in the height of summer travel season and many of you are getting outside to paint. A few days ago I shared my first plein air tip and you can read that post here. Here is another tip that I have had to learn by trial and error.
Get to know your painting equipment and supplies before you take them outside or on a trip!
|'Cliffside Colors' Plein air 5x7 pastel $50|
|Here I am with my Gogh Box pastel set up|
- Make sure you can set up and break down your easel or tripod and box quickly and with confidence. This means you should practice setting it up over and over until it becomes rote. Ideally you should be able to do it with your eyes closed. This way when you are on location and you are faced with changing weather you can quickly get up and running (or closed up). Practice!
- Tripods....Make sure you know how the tripod folds up. If it comes apart make sure you can get it back together. (when I practiced with mine, a screw got jammed and I needed a wrench to fix it so I was glad this happened at home. )
- Bring along a leatherman tool or compact tool of some sort. You never know when you may need to tighten or loosen a screw.
- Your bag or cart: Make sure all your supplies fit in your bag or cart and that you can manage it on your own. Test it out...put it on your back and /or take a walk with your cart. I recommend not packing it so full that everything is jammed in and you cannot easily take things out. I promise you that it will never go back in as easily as it does at home so you will appreciate a little breathing space in your bag.
- Pastel and paints: This deserves it's own post but I try to keep my palette limited and simple and make what I have work. It is sometimes frustrating....but it is so much better than dealing with too many supplies (they will get heavy) Keep it simple!
|The view from our home in Iceland inspired many paintings|