Learn Outdoor Painting with Confidence
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- Paint outdoors with confidence
- Mix color outdoors
- Assess composition confidently
- Make outdoor sketches
- Break free from the studio limitations
- The materials required are oils or acrylics, pastels or watercolor
- Basic colors required are explained
- A spirit of adventure will help
- A desire to break out of comfort zones
Plein air painting will dramatically improve your painting. It will also enrich your painting lifestyle as the possibilities of painting outdoors opens up for you. Yet many artists are shy to start outdoor painting. This course is designed to remedy that situation.
Designed for beginners and intermediate artists this course follows a step-by-step approach for quick and easy learning. I will guide you from the studio to outdoor painting so that your confidence develops along with your skills.
The course covers the following: Materials required, color mixing tips, composition, outdoors sketches, painting steps and process methods. You will see how I complete paintings alla prima and see how much fun it can be. Plus learn how to use your outdoor paintings for larger studio paintings.
All that you need for confident outdoor painting is included in this course. There are also handy downloads that you can take with to help guide you.
The best part is that this is a practical course. You can try each step out before moving onto the next lecture. Work at your own pace and enjoy the process.
- Anyone interested in learning plein air painting
Welcome! Find out how outdoor painting will change your painting forever.
What is plein air painting and why is it important? I also look at an overview of how to use outdoor painting, the equipment and what makes a painting plein air.
What is plein air all about? This is a fun video giving a little peek into the world of plein air painting. Sit back and watch as I do a quick painting at one of my favorite painting spots.As i hope this video shows plein air is first of all about fun outdoors! This course will show you how to paint outdoors with confidence so that you can enjoy yourself. Your painting will benefit too.
This lecture is about how to make a pochade box and transporting your plein air kit. You can convert a basic paint box into an effective pochade box. This saves big bucks and also gives much satisfaction. Later you will probably want to purchase a pochade box from the many available on the market. Keep in mind that light and small pochade boxes are more versatile. The new aluminium types have an advantage over wood, but are more pricey. For now my basic pocahde box does the trick!
This is a step-by-step process that can be easily followed. This method is only a guideline. You can add to the process as you develop your own style. However it is helpful when painting outdoors to have a basic guideline to follow. This simply one thing less to worry about when painting outdoors.
Now to develop the shapes further. This stage is to bring emphasis the light with thick juicy oil paint. Remember this is a quick study and not an overworked studio painting. Plein air is often about making studies that teach us about mixing color, observation and painting intuitively.
In this Section I am painting a beach scene Port Alfred. This is a holiday town in the Eastern Cape with stunning beaches. This demonstration shows how to take advantage of weather changes. The weather was initially cloudy when I started painting, but then bright sunshine broke through onto parts of the beach. I added these patches of light to the scene to contrast with shaded areas for a more interesting painting.
In Part 1 I am establishing the composition and blocking in darks, lights and mid-tones.
PS: Purely as a bit of fun I have added an mp3 download in the resources. This is a recording I made of the sea sounds near to the actual scene in the demo. Play it in your studio to get that "outdoor feel" or simply to relax.
This video is about an outdoor painting I did in a village called Port Alfred, South Africa. It was a very windy day, but I found a relatively protected spot alongside a quiet road. There was some puddles in the road from rains the night before. These together with the morning light produced a nice subject. Very simple composition, but potential for color and value contrasts and lots of light and shadow.
It is a fun lesson with my basic process. I use a few more convenience colors on my palette like yellow ochre and burnt sienna. Hopefully you can see that outdoor painting can be kept simple, spontaneous and fun. Just you and nature having a moment together.