Alabama Plein Air Artists

Painting the Great Outdoors

Plein Air Tips

AIRLINE TRAVEL:  

Place this label on paint box for TSA inspection.  

Paint box label

Paint box label

Click here for printable Travel Sticker

You should also include MSDS label from paint manufacturer.  (Google, for example, Winsor and Newton, Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)  Example of their Safety Data Sheet for oil paints:   SafetyDataSheet W&N oils

PLEIN AIR EQUIPMENT:

Each plein air painter develops his/her own kit based on personal needs, and these typically change over the years, depending on how much “stuff” you want to haul around, the terrain, and distance from your automobile.  It’s a personal thing.  The following information is for oil painters.  Modify it for your needs.  Such as water container, painting supports (paper) for watercolorists.

Plein Air Kit

Backpack

Plein Air easel

Small, non-leak brush cleaner with Odorless Mineral Spirits (OMS); keep extra in car

Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel

Paint: Limited palette of small tubes (red, yellow, blue, large white, maybe a convenience color or two)

Small plastic box or Ziploc Bags for Paint

Canvas Panels in PanelPaks, (2/ 9×12, 2/11×14)

Viva paper towels  (take a bunch off the roll and smash it down flatter)

Plastic grocery bags – to carry out your trash

“Tools” – Leatherman tool, duct tape (small roll), bungee cord, plastic C-clamps

Palette Knife

Brushes

Digital Camera (or use phone camera)

View finder & small mirror

Small sketchbook & Pencil or Markers

Value Chart (opt)

Rain poncho or pack-able windbreaker jacket (depending on weather)

Hat or visor

Essentials:  Bug spray, suntan location/block, sm. first aid kit (band aids, antiseptic), pepper spray

Baby oil or Wet Wipes (cannot carry oil on airplanes)

latex  type gloves

Sandwich bags (a few extra in case of paint leaks, etc.)

Wet canvas carrier

For Sun:   Umbrella – to shade canvas and you..

Business Essentials:  Business Cards, PayPal Triangle or Square Register (in case someone wants to buy on the spot!)

Frame Kit for Wet Paint Shows

This is what Sharon Gates, APAA member personally keeps ready to go from studio to automobile and is easily transported.

Frame Kit

CLEAR PLASTIC SHOE BOX TO HOLD:

FLETCHER POINT DRIVER (for attaching panels to frames)

SPARE FRAMERS POINTS

SMALL RECHARGEABLE SCREWDRIVER & POWER CORD – Be sure to CHARGE IT the night before.

ZIPLOC BAG FOR SCREWDRIVER & CORD

SPARE SCREWDRIVER – just in case

WIRE CUTTERS

SCISSORS

SMALL HAMMER –   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 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)

FRAME BUMPERS

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.

Wet Canvas Carrier:   Make your own.

Wet Panel Carrier:   Make your own.

Click on image to see oil painting tips also studio safety.