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Category - Plein Air Painting Techniques

Information for plein air painters. Including information on equipment such as easels, pochade boxes, drying boxes, panel carriers, portable easels.

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A Guide to Plein Air Painting: 16 Tips For Success

What is Plein Air Painting? – A Definition Plein air painting is the act of painting outdoors from nature. This is in contrast to painting inside in the studio. It is the best way for an artist to learn to see the...

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A Guide To The Best Pochade Boxes: A 2020

Overview See All Pochade Box Reviews, and add your own. What is a Pochade? A pochade (from French word poche, pocket) is a type of painting sketch usually done outdoors (‘en plein air’.) Artists use a...

Snow Falls in Pianello

Using Thick Oil Paint to Enhance Light Areas

Cat. No. 1126 Snow Falls in Pianello – 23cm x 30.5cm – Oil on Board When using oils, paint your darks using thin oil paint and your lights using thick oil paint (referred to as “impasto”). This enhances the...

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3 Small & Cheap Homemade Pochade Box Designs

You can greatly enhance your creativity by doing lots of studies in a small format. By using small homemade pochade boxes like these, there is no excuse not to carry one or a few wherever you go to do rapid plein air...

Panicale Morning, Lunigiana

Cat. No. 1260 Panicale Morning, Lunigiana, Italy – 14in x 11in – Oil on Board The view from my terrace in the morning in the fall. There is a river, the Magra, running in the valley ahead, and in the colder...

still life painting of wild flowers

Still Life Painting – Tuscany Wildflowers

Cat. No. 1256 Wild Flowers, Tuscany, Italy – 14in x 11in – Oil on Board I don’t often do still life paintings, but I thought I’d do one using some techniques I’ve been experimenting with...

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Contrast of Temperature

There are several ways to emphasize the focal point or focal area in your painting. This key discovery shows you how to use contrast of temperature to focus the eye. In this painting the flower head, which is the focal...