Sunday, April 19, 2009

Plein Air Painting Tips. Haven't been posting but I'm not slacking!

With the nicer weather beginning I have been wanting to get set up for plein air painting out of the studio and out of the car......so I have modified my old backpack into a P.A. pack with all of the stuff I need to do four paintings and bring them safely out of the woods. I took some of my ideas from Tom Browns excellent P.A. tips PDF which I highly recommend downloading if you are interested....I took it out for a test drive today and did a couple paintings out in the woods......everything worked perfectly..... this time.......and I didn't find that I was out in the middle of nowhere with out paper towels or my white paint ....or my camera....sheesh!!!....or my coffee or garbage bags!!

"White Trillium" 8x8 oil on panel contact robinweiss@earthlink.net
Here's the palette. Modified clip board connected to a drywall mud hock screwed into my camera tripod. ....say that ten times fast....

This shows a funny looking guy squinting at something in the trees.......Oh , and there's the backpack.....I used a piece of pvc pipe to make a third leg, there by giving me an extra table to put my brushes and stuff on. you can sort of see the box behind the backpack that holds three extra panels. They slide in and are protected from damage.......There you have it! Ready to go for the summer.......


Here's the second painting I did. I was attracted by the spring flush on the huckleberry bush surrounded by the tall fir trees. 8x10 oil on gessoed card sold
I will be doing a lot of painting outside this year, but also taking time off to be with my girl when she comes home from Uganda , April 30th....Yea!!! Only 11 days!.....I can't wait to see her again! See my archived posts from July 2008 to see Ann and the paintings and drawings I did from my time at New Hope Kasana in Uganda.



16 comments:

Ann said...

I can't believe I'll be home in ten days!? I'm excited to see you too!!...=]...and looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful work in person - finally!
I love the collage effect in the White Trillium painting, the details are breathtaking. I hope the weather continues to give you lots of opportunities to use your PA setup...the backpack modifications are a work of art in themselves!

Pam Holnback said...

Great painting. Thanks for all the plein-aire tips. I looked at all your Uganda posts back when; I should go back and review them.

Darlene Twitchell said...

What a clever idea with the use of the clipboard! I have a clipboard just like that around here...hmmm... Beautiful painting!

redchair said...

Hi Robin,
Your very clever with your outdoor set up and beautiful paintings.

BTW-I think that funny looking guy is pretty cute and I just bet Ann does also.
Vikki

Robin Weiss said...

Thank you Hon! See you soon! =]

Robin Weiss said...

Hi Pam, Thanks! Hope you can use the tips..

Robin Weiss said...

Thank you Darlene! Pretty inexpensive easel and it works great.

Robin Weiss said...

Hi Vikki! Thank you and thank you! (maybe you need your lenses checked?)

Mike said...

Hey Mister Rob!!!

For the life of me, I cannot see you can keep your mind on much else than April 30. You gotta be mighty excited! I would be pacing around in circles and having great difficulty focusing on much of anything.

Good on you and Ann, with all my best, friend. It has been a long time for you guys!

silvina said...

A couple of years ago Tom Brown stood in my home studio and showed me and a friend of mine how to create the plein air easel he uses. You've done a great job of creating it yourself!

Love the little blossom in the woods picture. What a beautiful forest you get to paint in.

Robin I don't see a wedding ring in this picture. I thought you and Ann would be married already.

Robin Weiss said...

Hi Mike! Thanks Bro! I am excited!!...and I have done plenty of waiting ..and pacing ..7 more days!!...=]

Robin Weiss said...

Hi Silvi! Tom Brown had a great idea for the clip board.....I love how it works...hope I didn't give too much away ...for anyone who down loads his PDF on plein aire painting you will get a lot more than just the easel plans...It is well worth the ten bucks.


Me and Ann are not married yet....she comes home on Thursday next week!!

Gregory Becker said...

Looks like you have a pretty good setup. Love the painting also.
How do you get the panel to attach to the clipboard?

Robin Weiss said...

Hi Gregory! Thanks! I use a little U-Tack.

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cstuartblog said...

hi robin-
i would love to learn more about the easel you are using. is that from tom brown's kit instructions? do you have more images?