Joan Vienot – Introduction to Plein Air – Supply List

Joan Vienot’s Supply List for “Introduction to Plein Air”,  A 3-Hour Workshop

 Oil painting of late light on two palms at Grayton Beach, FL, from Pat's yard

Painting “en plein air” is painting on-site, in open air. Plein air painting is the single best practice for improving your compositional skills, color-mixing, power of observation, and patience with your art. This workshop is an introduction to plein air painting tools and supplies, choosing a scene or subject, and getting started. All media are welcome. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather. We will be outdoors. We will find shelter if it is raining.

Friday, October 19, 2018, 9 AM to Noon

Watersound Origins Cafe, 530 Pathways Drive, Watersound, FL 32461

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The following are suggested supplies. Note: Please do not buy new supplies if you have similar. Please notice how minimal this list is. To keep plein air painting from being a chore, pack as few things as possible. We will have a table for those who do not have portable painting set-ups.

  1. Pencil and old sketchbook
  2. If you are using watercolor, gouache, or acrylic, bring a container for your water, or for your odorless solvent if you are working with oils, and also for your medium if you use any. Your container should be something you can fasten down so it won’t blow or spill. Pastelists and pen-and-inkers are welcome also.
  3. A palette or something to mix your paint on and perhaps an old lightweight TV tray to set it on. Bring tape to fasten it down if lightweight, especially if using a disposable palette.  Or if you have one, bring your portable easel with palette attached. Practice setting up your easel the day before, and practice clipping or taping your canvas to it so it won’t blow off.
  4. Stiff paper or a canvas panel appropriate to your medium, approximately 8×10.
  5. Brushes – a few well-shaped “flats”, maybe #2, #4, #6 bristle, somewhat stiff, and a small “round” soft brush or a “rigger”. If using watercolor, bring a few well-shaped flats 1/4″ wide, 1/2″, and 3/4″, and a detail brush like a #1 round or a rigger or script brush.
  6. Paper towels
  7. Paints: We will work with primary colors – blue (ultramarine if possible), medium or light yellow, and medium red, and white. You may bring more, but you don’t have to. Pastelists will use more colors. If you are just using one color or black, i.e., pen-and-ink, just bring that one.
  8. Apron or over-shirt and painting gloves if you use either.
  9. Small trash bags. Recycled grocery bags are good.
  10. Optional for your comfort: broad-brimmed hat, sunscreen, repellent, drinking water, stool or chair if standing is difficult, and painter’s umbrella if you have one
  11. A carrier or open box for your finished wet painting

I look forward to painting with you! Call if any concerns.

Joan Vienot, Instructor (850) 259-8394

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