|Cathedral Rock High, Acrylic on Wood, 9.25 x 11.75 inches.|
Copyright 2016 Mary Gravelle.
Do you paint outside? Do you think it's fun? What do you enjoy most about it?
It takes a certain amount of planning to paint outside. Gearing up for my new venture–coming soon–Sedona Art Hikes, has had me considering the logistics of painting outside.
Generally, I paint inside. I love easel and studio painting where a painting evolves over time. Since I will be building a business around painting outside, I thought it was time to actually get out there more often and experience it for myself. I absolutely adore nature and want to bring painters out onto the red rocks to paint in the beauty of Sedona.
|Traveling backpack with wheels holds|
my paintbox, dropcloth, and brush
I will share with you, through photographs and a checklist, on how I set up for painting outside.
Each time that you paint outdoors, there will be adjustments to be made from the last time you painted outdoors, logistically and according to place and weather. Being an acrylic painter, I will provide a checklist for acrylic painting outside.
|Paintbox inside my backpack shows what|
it holds: my palette, brushes, and drawing media.
Can you allow the insects to inspect
your painting without causing them harm?
Consider it a high honor that joined you!
Checklist for Acrylic Painting Outside:
- Backpack or some other tote for your art supplies
- Acrylic Paints
- Some sort of water catch system like a palette or plate
- Paint palette
- Paper towels
- Paint palette knife
- Plastic or some other form of drop cloth to protect the environment
- Acrylic mediums
- Spray bottle with water to keep the paint moist
- Easel or easel box
- Chair or seat, unless you want to sit on the ground or on a rock
- Drawing media like graphite or colored pencils
- Brush holder
- Paper, canvas, gesso board, wood, or canvas panel
- A container that will hold your finished painting for the trip back
- Snacks (optional)
As the day progressed, my mood was lifted and I felt happier with each passing moment, in flow with my painting process.
|Painting on location in Sedona. Using the inside lid as my easel|
keeps the box available for my supplies.
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Until Next Week• Create art
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|Mary Gravelle (Mary Rae Rush)|
About the author: Mary Rae Rush (Mary Gravelle) is an artist and writer who resides in Sedona, Arizona with her beloved assistant, Sir Kitty.