How to Paint Plein Air has what the plein air painter needs for success. Jam-packed full of artistic and technical wisdom, insights, and practical advice for painting on location, it takes the beginner and the seasoned painter to a new level. 34,000 words and over 130 images take you on a journey to introduce you to the plein air painting life. Lessons in this book will shorten your learning time....
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ractical, proven ideas and methods, gear and supplies, are presented. Plein air painting techniques galore. No need to learn from scratch. No need to read another book. It is all here; everything you need nor plein air success.Start with basics and progress step by step through the knowledge you need. You will learn the whole deal. Chapters include:MIND OVER MATTER where we discuss what plein air painting is and what it isn’t. How to think about plein air.In START HERE, the importance of sketching and journaling are explained. Sketching is a foundational skill that teaches you to understand the landscape in front of you.TOOLS, SUPPLIES, AND FRAMING uses text and photos to survey the most useful and essential items you need.Arguably the most important thing to learn is featured in the chapter THE VALUE OF VALUES. It is valuable, to say the least, the artist will understand the concept and use of values. You can go wrong in your composition, you can go wrong in your color, you can go wrong in your brushwork, but if you have your values right, the painting will still work. Here's how.THE MONET CODE is all about color and a variety of color palettes you should try out. Each palette has its strengths and its weaknesses but through them you can find your own modern palette.HOW TO PAINT PLEIN AIR is the core of the book. It could easily be titled HOW TO PAINT FOR SUCCESS. It is a step-by-step tutorial that will take you through the various phases of a plein air painting, stopping along the way to consider what is important in each step. Follow this the plein air tutorial and plein air demos in this chapter and be on your way to painting success.PAINTING BY THE NUMBERS is about essential knowledge, things to always remember. Included are a few essential checklists you’ll want to have in your head or printed out and in your bag of gear.There are special circumstances that call for special knowledge. In PLEIN AIR CHALLENGES, circumstances such as sunrises, sunsets, nocturnes are covered in detail. You will learn plein air techniques on how to approach these difficult situations strategically.Once you’ve got some painting experience under your belt you may want to consider competing. The chapter PLEIN AIR COMPETITIONS offers the most extensive description available anywhere on the subject, covering what they are, how they work, and what to expect your first time out.STORIES gives some entertaining and insightful tales about painting. These are stories of painting experiences taken from real journals and blog accounts. They give you a glimpse into successes and failures, to encourage you to journal about your feelings and responses to what you do in painting.No French easel is ready to use right out of the box. They require some tweaks. The detailed instructions in AMERICANIZING YOUR FRENCH EASEL show you how to turn that easel into a powerful workstation.You can spend a lot on readymade carriers that limit your possibilities or you can design and make your own using the economical concepts shown in this chapter called MAKING A WET CANVAS CARRIER. Easy and inexpensive.Finally, Lewis’ Laws of Painting. Of course, there are no real laws in painting but the author lays down his laws about plein air, somewhat tongue-in-cheek. Fun insights.How to Paint Plein Air covers plein air painting for beginners, oil painting for beginners, and is a plein air painting book for beginners and seasoned painters. Plein air painting techniques and insights abound in this thoughtful plein air book.