original plein air painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki
I have two things on my art agenda these days. Preparing my upcoming exhibit at the fabulous Studio Connexion Gallery in Nakusp, BC, and enjoying the plein air painting while the weather cooperates.
Let's start with the plein air stuff. I'll share my essential kit with you. This is what I use for nearby trips to the parks or anywhere where the weight of the pack isn't a major issue.
Here's what I pack up:
- Strada paintbox is made of metal so it's heavy but I like it because it takes various sizes of panels and it's sturdy in the wind. You can screw in an adapter for the photo easel to its bottom.
- Most often, I use 11x14 or 8x10 canvas panels which I make by gluing gessoed canvas to custom-cut good plywood which I buy in a hardware store. I use other kinds and sizes of supports as well, but this one is my favorite.
- I like having a heavy-duty photo tripod because it's super stable and easily adjustable to different heights.
- The collapsible aluminum stool is practically weightless and good to have either for painting in the sitting position or to place your water bottle on it if you stand while you paint.
- My tubes of acrylic paint, vinyl gloves, and a tiny spray bottle fit in a square metal box.
- Since I paint with acrylics, I need a big water bottle and a container for washing my brushes.
- My brushes and paper towels fit together in a long cardboard box.
- A plastic bag is for garbage and dirty paper towels.
- I use a paper-palette which means that I only squeeze out the amount of paint I need and I throw away the leftover paint. I am looking into improving this because I hate discarding good paint. In the studio, I use a Masters palette box which keeps my paint fresh, but it's bulky and it would have to be carried horizontally so it's not suitable for plein air trips.
- Bug spray is a must for me. You may also want to add sun lotion, hat, sunglasses, jacket, umbrella. Whatever you need to feel reasonably comfortable.
For me, it's essential that the setup is quick and everything fits in a compact bag on my back with the tripod in one hand. This pack is quite heavy but I can walk with it comfortably for a short time.
Again, this kit is meant for easy trips ending at a cafe, not for strenuous hikes into the wilderness. I have a different setup for something like that, which I will write about some other time.
|My setup in action on the Cypress Mountain,|
thanks to Jane Appleby for taking this pic!
And now, about the other, exciting thing on the agenda.
The GOOD LAND exhibit starts on September 4 and runs until September 21, 2019. I will also teach a 2-day workshop in Nakusp. You can read more about all that HERE. Please come by to visit us if you are in the area!
I have a few more pieces to finish and then take photos, update archive, varnish the pieces, frame some of them, pack, ship, advertise, find something to wear. Yikes! I better get on with it!
|The pieces for my GOOD LAND exhibit are starting to gather in the staging area!|
I wish you all the best with your own art agenda!