Wednesday, January 01, 2014

PLEIN AIR LANDSCAPE and NEW YEAR’S TIPS from TOM BROWN


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As promised, I have many suggestions that I’ll be sharing free with everyone here this year. Things I’ve picked up over a lifetime as a professional artist, and things I teach in my live workshops and have demonstrated on my TV shows.

Today’s post is for artists. In future posts I’ll also have some things that will be of great interest to collectors. For starters here’s my first suggestion for all artists following this blog.

MAKE A “BUCKET LIST” regarding your art when creating your New Year’s Resolutions. If you’ve been in a rut, shake things up and pump some FUN back into your art. For example try this:

GET OUTSIDE & PAINT
See what all the fuss is about with Plein Air painting if you haven’t tried it yet. You’ll be amazed at the profound impact it will make on your studio painting as well. And it’s just plain FUN to get out in the fresh air and sunshine, and paint directly from the inspiration of nature.

A PIZZA BOX IS ALL YOU NEED
You don’t even need any special equipment to try your hand at it. A simple pizza box will work just fine, like the one shown here that I used when painting Newport Back Bay on my TV show. Here’s how to set it up.

Tape a canvas panel to the inside of the lid, using rolled-up masking tape with the gummy side out.

Tape a sheet of disposable palette paper inside the box and spread out your paints before leaving home.

(Tip: Reynold’s Freezer paper works great as palette paper and it’s cheaper. You can get it in your local grocery store in the aisle where Reynold’s Wrap is sold. This is NOT wax paper; Freezer paper is plastic-coated just like palette paper, to hold the paints on the top.)

Put a few brushes, a palette knife and a few paper towels in a bag and you’re ready to go have some fun.

You can sit on a park bench and rest the pizza box on your lap to paint. Or take along a folding chair or picnic blanket.

When you finish, just close the box with your painting inside and you’re ready to go.

Two more tips. You might want to do a “test run” in your back yard to make sure you have everything you need. If you’re timid, take a companion along. Your friend can take a book to read while you paint or you can plan a picnic together.

Once you become more comfortable with plein air painting you may want to get a more permanent setup like the handy pochade box you’ve seen me use in this YouTube video:

In coming days I’ll share many more tips here with you so keep an eye on my blog.

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Thanks for looking and HAPPY PAINTING!
Tom Brown

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