Private Lesson: Introduction to Plein Air Painting in Oils


Have you got the paint, the brushes, and a canvas panel, but you’re not exactly sure how to get started? Let’s go outdoors and I’ll help you get underway!

We’ll work on a simple composition and I will share some basic “tricks of the trade” which you will find useful for every plein air painting you do. Plan on 2 hours of instruction and mentored time. Put your supplies in a lightweight back pack or carry bag. We don’t need much—I suggest the following:

  • Your phone camera
  • A few small sheets of gray or tan sketch paper and a dark pencil
  • One or two medium-priced canvas panels, 6×12 or 9×12
  • Small tubes of paint: white, red, yellow, blue, and rust-color. Those four pigments will be adequate to start
    For practiced studio painters, bring cadmium yellow pale, cadmium yellow medium, cadmium red light, quinacridone magenta, ultramarine blue, thalo blue, transparent earth red, yellow ochre, and titanium white.
  • Brushes: long flats of medium stiffness, i.e., Rosemary Ivory, #2, #4, #6
  • A palette knife for mixing colors
  • Paper towels and a small bag to put used paper towels in
  • A light-weight easel — let me know if you don’t have one
  • Gamsol solvent in a can — let me know if you don’t have any
  • Blue med-gloves if you have some
  • A flat open box in your car for carrying home your wet painting
  • Whatever you need for sun protection and warmth, and hydration
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