I got a portable easel that I want to try out at a park or somewhere, and I´m wondering if any of you who paint outdoors have any handy tips about what to bring along, how to transport wet canvases, containers or tools you find useful, that kind of thing.
I´ll probably be using oils, though I do have a small set of watercolors.
Get yourself a box to transport your wet oil paintings. I use a tupperware with a slightly rounded lid. The shape prevents the wet side of the painting from coming into contact with the lid, and fits in a backpack. I tested it out on one hike with a minimum of damage to the painting, but mostly it's just to keep the paint off of the seats in my car.
Aside from that, I'd say do some close-to-home test runs to iron out what you do and don't need. I find a hat with a brim to be of high importance. An umbrella would be a bonus, but I went without. I always paint with latex gloves on, but painting outdoors I find them to be even more important, because there is nowhere to wash my hands. Having layers of dedicated painting clothes is also good; and/or sunscreen.
Have fun! Have you read Richard Schmidt's book "Alla Prima"?
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I've only done small paintings so far, but I simply leave them on the easel and situate it between the seats so it can't move and can't touch anything. If I was worried about the painting brushing up against anything, brushes or car seats, you could simply turn the painting around and refasten it onto the easel.
I use paper towels and would like to make something on the easel for the roll to hang from so the towels aren't hard to mess with. Plus a garbage bag to put all the towels in (need to find a better way to hang it on the easel). I keep trying to find some stiff canvas bag that will open easily to hold my turpanoid, towels, used rags in garbage bag, etc..
if you paint on masonite and want to carry more than one canvas. Put push pins between the layers and strap the whole mass together. the pins keep the pieces separate and you can fix the pinholes later.
but #1 tip
CAUSE YOU GET ENGROSED IN YOUR WORK AND FORGET
when you start try to predict where the sun will be in about half an hour and start your painitng there. you'll have longer to paint before the shaodows have changed beyond recognition
To see the world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wildflower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.