Painting in the out-of-doors, getting right out into the landscape or city streets, is a method of painting that becomes more appealing as the weather becomes more mild. Many landscape artists complete their paintings in the field, others do sketches as preparation for painting larger work in the studio. Drawing in the landscape or cityscape is also a lovely way to see an area. A box of watercolour paints fits in your pocket – take it along just in case there are a few moments of free time in the middle of your picnic – it’s a great way to do a bit of observational painting. An oil paint box is a bit bigger but you can create a kit that fits in a tote bag or rucksack.
Because May has two bank holiday weekends to tempt you out to the seaside or countryside and the Spring weather is delightful to get out into – the Jackson’s Blog always dedicates the month of May to Plein Air Painting. Every year we have a series of articles about the different approaches artists take to creating art outside, their methods for dealing with the challenges and their reasons for doing so. We have suggestions for useful equipment and helpful tips. Read these other posts about outdoor painting and sketching.
Haidee-Jo Summers – Plein Air Painter
I love Haidee-Jo Summers’ paintings and her willingness to share the process with others – on her blog, on Twitter, in her videos and as people stop and chat while she is out painting in the open air. See more of her work on Haidee-Jo Summers’ website. Thank you to Haidee-Jo for sharing her images here on the blog as we begin Plein Air Month at Jackson’s.
Read our interview with Haidee-Jo.
May is Plein Air Painting Month at Jackson’s Art Supplies!
Visit the website to see all the useful supplies for working outside in the Jackson’s Art Plein Air Painting Department.
Postage on orders shipped standard to mainland UK addresses is free for orders of £39.