Basic Oil Painting Techniques : What Is Plain Air Painting?

Basic Oil Painting Techniques : What Is Plain Air Painting?


On behalf of Expert Village.com, I’m Vince
Fazio at the Sedona art center, and I’m here to tell you about oil painting, one session
paintings. This is a situation for plain air painting. When you do plain air painting you
need a portable set up, something like this. Some sort of easel, some sort of materials
set up where you can have everything with you. You want to work on a small format because
the time, the light is going to change quickly. So consider time of day. You want to be starting
in the late afternoon, you want to get some evening light, or you want to start early
in the morning. Noon is a bad time, so lunch break is probably not a good time to go plain
air painting. The other thing about plain air painting, is as I said before you’re going
to be working very quickly and you’re going to need to use a limited palette, you don’t
want to use too many colors. You want to generalize what you’re seeing in the landscape into the
simplest shapes you can. Next I’m going to talk about painting from still life set up,
which gives you a lot more control, a lot more options as far as subject matter and
personalizing it. So what you’re going to want to do there is look at, what do you like
to paint, and that’s an exploration in itself. Then I’m going to talk about painting from
photographs and I’m going to do a sample of that and we’ll see how that goes.

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