Saturday, 3 January 2015

My Plein Air Art Materials

Decided a few weeks ago a limited palette of colours was going to be used - now only have in my 'toolbox' of paints four colours from which all colours can be produced. (Also have a few extras which may be used occasionally use).

No weight to carry around with extra paints. Brushes have come down to six with two knives.     Now becoming familiar with what is necessary to take out with me, honestly can say, not heavy, nothing to lug around, as all in a small cardboard box placed inside bag, then put on a collapsible luggage trolley and kept on with bicycle type stretch bungey cord (hooks on each end).  Now I just lift trolley out of van and place next to me wherever I choose to paint and can easily pull/wheel to spots if needing to be distance from vehicle.  Will upload picture of this some time in the future.

Materials for Plein air painting:


 Paints, knives, brushes

  • Permanent Rose/Quinacridone Magenta
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cadmium Yellow (really bright yellow - not medium)
  • Titanium White (very large tube)
  • Three knives
  • 6 brushes (selection flats, filberts, rounds, script liner)
paints occasionally used:
  • Cadmium Orange (bright orange) 
  • Phthalo Blue
  • Phthalo Green
       (Add Alizarin Crimson if you are used to using)


  • Easel (of course)
  • Supports to paint on ie canvas or boards
  • Medium plus container
  • Brush cleaner plus container with little tin with holes placed inside tin, for brushes to dab onto to clean
  • Palette
  • Rags (lots of these, ie tea towel size, cut into four)
  • Hat (Bunnings straw hat excellent)
  • Chair (sometimes needed)
  • Umbrella (always good to have on hand if no shade)
  • Suntan lotion
  • Bug spray (Bushmans is the best as only need a dab)
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Warm jacket (in case gets cold)
  • Gloves for winter (in case gets cold)
  • Baby wipes/paper towels
  • thin gloves (stop getting paint on hands)
  • Water (to drink) 
  • Toilet paper (just in case!) 
  • Something to store wet paintings in
  • Plastic bags for rubbish

Above looks a lot, however, it all fits into a very small box, which I place inside a bag, and as said above, this goes onto a small collapsible luggage trolley - easy to take everywhere.

Selection of excellent inexpensive brushes made by DAS -
 flats, filberts, rounds, blender plus knife.

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