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Artwey Outdoor Painting – Holmead Walk, Poundbury
October 23 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
This event is open to non-members as well as Artwey regulars.
Park on Road. Great view of Maiden Castle. Loos and café nearby. I would suggest getting there about 10.00 am but earlier if possible. There is no specific end time for this event. You can come and go as you please.
Contact Liz Bowers for further info.
Nothing can compare to painting on the spot. We are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the country and I hope you will join the Artwey painters in painting outside this year. Painting outside enables us to appreciate the transient effects in nature that are missed indoors. Wonderful views and light effects can enthuse and motivate us to get cracking on a picture that we might not have contemplated.
However painting outdoors has to be planned.
Apologies to all the seasoned outside painters…….what do I know…….but could I make the following suggestions to make outside painting easier. I have learnt these by trial and error over the years.
1. Watch the weather forecast and dress accordingly. Never wear open shoes…..walking boots or trainers are a must to avoid ants and prickles.
2. Think about the medium you will use. For those new to outside painting a first trip out can seem daunting. A sketch book…..with some rubber bands or bulldog clips to stop the wind being a nuisance…..and watercolours/pencils/pens……is a good start.
If it is hot a few drops of glycerine in the water can stop paint drying too quickly for watercolours.
For acrylics a retarder is useful for mixing and a water spray to delay drying on the palette. I carry my palette of acrylics in a flat lunch box with some wet plant capillary matting covered by greaseproof paper. This has to be kept flat or the paint slides about.
Don’t forget your water holder and work out how it will hang on your easel if using one.
Travel as light as possible and keep equipment to a minimum. Water is heavy so plan to replenish enroute if possible…..cafes/loos etc. Carry a large bottle in the car.
3. Take a drink and food.
4. Take a stool…..this is a seat or for your painting gear when painting on an easel.
5. Wear a hat rather than sunglasses as they change the colours.
6. Try and find a place in the shade and out of the wind.
7. Remember camera and/or phone.
After all this effort do not expect a masterpiece. What you achieve will give you confidence, make you work quickly and give you something to fine tune when you get home. Painting in company is entertaining and fun. I look forward to seeing you.