MARCH NEWSLETTER – 2017
Each year at this time we usually send information to the APAA membership on how to prepare for a wet paint show & sale. With plein air season gearing up it is usually a good time to check your framing supplies and plein air painting kits as well. The Alabama Plein Air Artists has several wet paint sales attached to plein air events and invitationals, but this information should suit any group’s plein air shows. For a smoother, more enjoyable show experience, however, always carefully follow the guidelines that your show hosts provide.
The Alabama Plein Air Artists is mostly composed of oil painters, with acrylic and watercolorists coming in second, so this newsletter will mainly address the necessities of plein air oil painters. Other painters can easily figure out how to adapt these suggestions to their specific media and if you have questions just send me a comment.
All artists should know how to frame their own paintings. Period. At wet paint shows this is a necessity. You can’t bring along your favorite framing company. It’s SO EASY, and with so many nice, standard frames to choose from and framing supplies handy at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and even Lowes you should be able to find something suitable for your masterpiece.
So when you’re attending a paint out with a wet paint sale, here’s what you’ll need to bring or have on hand: (Please don’t rely on fellow painters helping you out. APAA is a very helpful bunch of folks, especially to newbies, but we all go to shows with limited supplies, so bear that in mind.)
- Panels or canvases, your choice of sizes. Most folks like to paint on 9×12 and 11×14 sizes, which are reasonably easy to complete during a plein air session but if you feel the need to paint smaller or larger, go for it.
- Standard frames to fit your panel/canvas sizes.
- Plein Air Painting Kits – refer to list on APAA website, Plein Air Tips, if you need to.
- Frame Kit for Wet Paint Shows – This is what I personally keep ready to go from studio to automobile and is easily transported. This is also listed on the Plein Air Tips page as well:
CLEAR PLASTIC SHOE BOX TO HOLD:
FLETCHER POINT DRIVER (for attaching panels to frames) Logan makes one also but many prefer a Fletcher for reliability and durability.
SPARE FRAMERS POINTS
SMALL RECHARGEABLE SCREWDRIVER & POWER CORD – Be sure to CHARGE IT the night before. Mine is PINK to keep hubby’s hands off! 🙂
ZIPLOC BAG FOR SCREWDRIVER & CORD
SPARE SCREWDRIVER – just in case
SMALL HAMMER – I marked mine with inches down the handle for measuring wire placement. Wire is generally placed 1/3 from top of frame but you could eyeball as well.
FRAME TOUCH-UP MARKERS (for dings, dents & scratches)
KRYLON CONSERVATION RETOUCH VARNISH
KRYLON QUICK DRY FOR OIL PAINTINGS
DOUBLE SIDED TAPE
BUSINESS CARDS AND/OR PRICE CARDS FOR BACK OF PAINTING
SPARE 3X5 CARDS FOR TITLE, NAME & PRICE ON WALL (if needed)
BLACK SHARPIE MARKERS
CLEAR FISHING LURE OR CRAFT BOX WITH DIVIDERS TO HOLD: *
CANVAS OFFSET CLIPS & SCREWS (for attaching canvases to frames, preferred over frame clips that scratch walls)
D-RINGS & SCREWS (lg. and small, for attaching wire to frame)
SCREW EYES (for small, gallery wrap canvases; used to attach wire inside stretchers)
COATED FRAME WIRE
PLANO CLEAR FISH LURE BOX OR CRAFT BOX WITH DIVIDERS TO HOLD ABOVE
*For easy transport from studio to car, place both of these plastic boxes in a larger container. Everything is pretty compact and easy to grab from your vehicle.
NOTE: Some people throw a small folding table into their vehicle or rig a pull out shelf for easy of framing from the back of a car.
Oh, and one more thing if you’ll be responsible for your own sales:
- Don’t forget to pack your Square reader!! If you don’t have one you’ll have to take checks, which have been known to be risky. Wal-Mart has Square readers for purchase and you just download the free Square app to your phone. It’s easy to use. Square has the ability to read cards, scan checks, and with the new chip reader transactions will be even more secure.
Hope this helps in preparing for your wet paint show experience. If this is new to you and/or you have questions, just post on the APAA FaceBook page and a whole bunch of helpful artists will be at your beck and call, myself included.