I haven't but I'm planning to paint outdoors this summer. Ottawa has a watercolour society that goes out twice a month to paint on location. In addition, for one of those outings, they'll be coming to paint my garden (http://www.daniellesgarden.ca/).
When I starting looking into this, I felt a bit overwhelmed.
Therefore, I had to get my act together which includes getting supplies I can carry from the car to the painting location. Since I have never done this, I researched what I needed and here is what I found out. What's important to keep in mind is that once on location, I may need to move spots and therefore need to be mobile.
Here is a list of basic supplies:
- Travel easel: there a number of travel easels on the market. A typical home easel weighs about 15lbs. There are easels made for watercolouring.
- Pencils: you'll need a couple for drawing. They are best kept, along with an eraser and sharpener in a small zip lock bag so the graphite won't get everywhere.
- Paper and tape for stretching paper: I bought some . But I guess some pre-cut paper would do. This would also be a good time to use a block of paper.
- Travel palette: find one that holds a good amount of paint. I recently one in New York that I hope works out.
- Paint: limited selection would be ideal. You may even choose to have some paint in your palette to eliminate carrying extra paint.
- Foam board: this is to hold the paper down. Luckily these are light.
- Brushes: I did not want to bring my Kolinsky brushes so I recently bought some cheaper synthetic brushes. Depending on sizes of paper you likely do not need many of them. Remember....only bring what you need. A dozen brushes are way too many to carry all day. You may want to use and old bamboo roller brush holder. Bring a rubber band to hold it together.
- Water container: a collapsible a water container will save space.
- A small spray bottle (optional): these are great for misting your drying paintings or creating special effects.
- Water: The amount of water you will need will depend on your painting style and how you use it. If you rinse your brushes often
- Paper towel: This is required to blot your brushes
- Snack: just in case you get the munchies
In addition, you may want to bring a camera to take a photo to allow you to touch up your paintings back in your studio. Everything should fit into a small case or bag.
Does anyone have any experience with plein air painting and could give us some tips?